Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is dealing with a sprained left ankle but is not going on the disabled list just yet. The Rangers, relieved that Choo is not dealing with a more serious high ankle sprain, are going to give him three days off and re-evaluate on Friday.
Matt Harrison made it through Tuesday’s bullpen session without any issues and now awaits his next assignment.
Kevin Kouzmanoff’s magical mystery tour continued on Monday night in Oakland. With the game tied, Kouzmanoff led off the eighth inning with a double against Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Donnie Murphy to give the Rangers a 4-3 victory at the O.co Coliseum.
The Athletics announced, via Twitter, that they’ve claimed infielder Andy Parrino off waivers from the Rangers and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. Parrino, 28, was with the A’s last year but found himself claimed off waivers by the Rangers in early March. The back-and-forth is reminiscent of the Adam Rosales shuffling of 2013, in which the Rangers claimed Rosales off waivers from Oakland only for the A’s to claim him back. Shortly after, the Rangers again claimed Rosales off waivers from Oakland. Parrino is a career .186/.295/.242 hitter with a homer and two steals in 229 plate appearances. He’s seen big league action at second base, shortstop, third base and both corner outfield positions. The switch-hitter has a solid .265/.346/.380 batting line in 922 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.
The Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers, a source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Fuld was designated for assignment by the Athletics on April 12th. Fuld, 32, appeared in just seven games for the A’s, hitting .200/.273/.433 in 33 plate appearances. He has a career .233/.312/.334 line in 841 career plate appearances, most of them with the Rays and Cubs. He signed with Oakland as a minor-league free agent in February, then made the team out of spring training when fellow defensively-savvy outfielder Craig Gentry was unavailable.
Jason Lane, a 37-year-old converted outfielder pitching at the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, is turning heads early in the season after posting a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings. Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego suggests thatLane could be an option for the big league club if the Padres need to add depth later in the year. “If you took away the age factor, I think people would be really fired up about him,”Padres Farm Director Randy Smith said. “But for us, age is irrelevant because his arm is fresh.” Here’s more out of baseball’s Western divisions … Sean Doolittle’s five-year deal with the Athletics is out of step with Billy Beane’s traditional approach to relief pitching, SBNation’s Steven Goldman says, adding that it’s generally advisable not to go long-term with relievers. However, Doolittle does have his merits, Goldman says, noting his lack of a platoon split and relatively fresh arm. Ultimately, the move may be aimed at saving on arbitration costs if Doolittle starts racking up saves for the A’s as the team’s closer, his article notes
The Braves don’t get as much attention as the Cardinals, Athletics or Rays for being well-run teams, but perhaps they should, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman suggests. The Braves’ relative lack of postseason success may be one factor, says Sherman, but they’ve made the postseason three times in the past five seasons. Consistency may be one secret to their success. “They have had strikingly little turnover on the baseball side and their philosophy has been consistent throughout,” says one NL scout. “They are very clear about the type of player they are looking for and acquire those types.” The Braves are off to a great start this season despite losing Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery, and Sherman contrasts the Braves’ decision-making heading into the season with that of the Mets. When Medlen and Beachy went down, the Braves acted decisively to replace them, quickly signing Ervin Santana even though he had declined a qualifying offer. The Mets, meanwhile, still have a need at shortstop, and Stephen Drew is still available on the free-agent market. Here are more notes from throughout the National League. Cubs GM Theo Epstein will watch NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon pitch on Friday, 670TheScore.com’s Bruce Levine tweets.
In what is becoming a familiar scene, Coco Crisp was missing from the A’s lineup on Saturday. Oakland has been without its regular leadoff hitter for much of the last two weeks, but manager Bob Melvin is hopeful Crisp is nearing everyday action again.
Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR: Key Moves The Padres signed infielder Jedd Gyorko to a six-year extension that includes five new seasons, going through 2019. The Athletics signed closer Sean Doolittle to a five-year extension. The Pirates acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Mets for RP Zack Thornton and a PTBNL. The Cardinals extended GM John Mozeliak for two years, through 2018. Trades Rangers — acquired P Hector Noesi from Mariners for cash considerations Athletics — acquired C Blake Forsythe from Mets for future considerations Claimed Athletics — P Marcus Walden (from Blue Jays — link) Designated For Assignment Yankees — RP Cesar Cabral (link) Diamondbacks — P Ryan Rowland-Smith (link) White Sox — RP Donnie Veal (link) Rangers — IF Andy Parrino (link) Red Sox — IF Ryan Roberts (link) Astros — SP Lucas Harrell (link) Athletics — OF Sam Fuld (link) Outrighted Diamondbacks — P Alex Sanabia (link) Rangers — RP Daniel McCutchen (link) Mets — P John Lannan (link) Phillies — RP Brad Lincoln (link) Retired SS Jason Bartlett (link) C/1B Jeff Clement (link) Released Athletics — RP Joe Blanton (link) Key Minor-League Signings Brewers — P Jeremy Jeffress (link) White Sox — RP Frank Francisco (link)