AL Injury Notes: Hanley, Paxton/M’s, Graveman/Hahn, Griffin

May 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Red Sox won’t count on Hanley Ramirez being capable of playing first base again this year, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters including Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Shoulder troubles have persisted for the veteran, relegating him to DH duties. “The potential negatives of him going out and [playing first], at this point don’t outweigh the positives that we get from having his bat in as our DH,” Dombrowski explained. “We just have to maneuver around it.” For the time being, at least, rookie Sam Travis is up to provide a right-handed-hitting option at first along side lefty Mitch Moreland. Here’s more on some injury situations around the American League: There’s some welcome news on the injury front for the Mariners, who watched lefty James Paxton through four innings and 55 pitches tonight in a rehab outing, as MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports (Twitter links). The expectation is that he’ll take the ball for Seattle on Wednesday

Minor MLB Transactions: 5/25/17

May 26, 2017 | No Comments

Here are the day’s minor moves: The Orioles released outfielder Henry Urrutia, per a club announcement. The 30-year-old had been removed from the 40-man roster last year after seeing minimal major league action in 2013 and 2015. Urrutia, who the O’s signed out of Cuba, had struggled to a sub-.500 OPS in seventy plate appearances this season at Triple-A. Through parts of five seasons and over 1,000 plate appearances at the highest level of the minors, he owns a .277/.327/.374 batting line with 13 long balls. Outfielder Jeremy Barfield is heading to the Red Sox after his contract was purchased from the indy ball Sugar Land Skeeters, per an announcement from Boston’s Double-A affiliate. Barfield, 28, has spent quite a bit of time in the upper minors with the Athletics and Rockies organizations but has never cracked the major leagues. He was performing well again for the Skeeters early this season, leaving him with a composite .299/.379/.539 batting line in 878 trips to the dish in Atlantic League action since leaving the affiliated ranks in 2015.

West Notes: Gray, Halos, Lamet, Hand, Shelby

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Sonny Gray’s two most recent starts for the Athletics have altered his stock in a hurry, writes ESPN’s Buster Olney. Gray’s struggles over the past 13 to 14 months have been tied not only to injury but to a (quite possibly related) drop in his swinging-strike rate, but he’s racked up swings-and-misses in his each of his past two outings thanks to a revitalized breaking pitch. Gray’s velocity spiked in his most recent start, as well — an outing in which he completed seven one-run innings and whiffed 11 Marlins hitters on just 88 pitches. Olney suggests that Gray could emerge as the top trade target on the market if this trend continues much longer, as the A’s are typically willing to deal earlier than most clubs, there are motivated buyers already (e.g. Cubs, Yankees, Astros) and Oakland may wish to cash in while Gray is looking impressive. More from the game’s Western divisions… Injured Angels relievers Huston Street, Mike Morin and Cam Bedrosian are all making good progress in their recoveries, writes Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. And while Morin has minor league options remaining and isn’t a lock to return to the big league club right away, the returns of Street and Bedrosian will give manager Mike Scioscia some interesting decisions when it comes to late-inning bullpen usage. Bud Norris has been outstanding in a ninth-inning role, but Bedrosian has been the team’s best reliever for a year, and Street is has the track record and salary of a veteran closer

Bryant clears fence; did fan lend a glove?

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

The Cubs’ Kris Bryant belted a home run with two outs in the first on Thursday, but he may have gotten a little help from a fan in the Wrigley Field bleachers.

#ASGWorthy Rizzo stays hot with 2 homers

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tallied two home runs in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Wednesday, notching his 14th career multi-homer game despite the near-20 mph winds.

Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

Signs of life: Bradley hitting hard during slump

May 24, 2017 | No Comments

There’s no way to describe the start to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s season other than “disappointing,” but he’s hitting the ball entirely too hard to not be getting more production out of it soon.

30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

30 Rox: Colorado first in NL to victory mark

May 24, 2017 | No Comments

A convincing 8-2 Rockies’ victory Tuesday night in Philadelphia — their 12th in the last 17 games — made Colorado the first 30-game winner in the National League.

Bryant’s blasts, big bats lead Cubs past Crew

May 22, 2017 | No Comments

Kris Bryant hit two of the Cubs’ four home runs in a 13-6 rout of the Brewers on Sunday at Wrigley Field, making it clear the defending World Series champions do not intend to let upstart Milwaukee run away with the National League Central.

Judge’s defense doesn’t rest: ‘Awesome play’

May 21, 2017 | No Comments

Aaron Judge’s bat has made plenty of noise this season, but the Yankees outfielder reminded viewers that he is more than just a home run hitter with a sensational diving catch to rob the Rays’ Evan Longoria in New York’s 3-2 win on Sunday at Tropicana Field.