Storylines: The injury bug strikes three star players
In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.
Here are the stories from Thursday, July 10.
- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave reporters devastating news yesterday, as he revealed that Masahiro Tanaka has a slight tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and Tommy John surgery is possible. Tanaka was examined by three doctors, all of whom confirmed the tear. For now, a platelet rich plasma injection is being recommended, and the Yankees are hopeful that he can return in six weeks' time. Cashman stressed that this is a slight tear and if the immediate recommendation had been Tommy John surgery, Tanaka would be undergoing the operation.
- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has suffered an injury to the ligament in his left thumb which could be a tear, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. As Rosenthal noted, Phillips is expected to be "out a while;" Bryce Harper recently lost 57 games to a torn ligament in his thumb. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed that Phillips has indeed suffered a torn thumb ligament. He will undergo surgery today.
- Catcher Yadier Molina of the Cardinals has suffered a torn thumb ligament, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is expected to miss eight to twelve weeks, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
- Corey Kluber finished fourth in the American League Final Vote Sponsored by Experian despite garnering the third-most Twitter votes on Thursday. AL Central foe Chris Sale captured the honors, and in doing so joined Paul Konerko (2011), A.J. Pierzynski (2006) and Scott Podsednik (2005) as the fourth White Sox player to earn a Final Vote selection. Trailing Sale were Garrett Richards of the Angels, Rick Porcello of the Tigers, Kluber and Houston's Dallas Keuchel.
- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter received a pair of retirement gifts from the Indians before Thursday's series finale. Both were distinctly Cleveland. The first was a Lego portrait of the Captain crafted by Wayne Peltz, the assistant manager for the Indians' visiting clubhouse. The second was a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar -- no doubt given in homage to the city's storied rock n' roll legacy and the presence of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
News and Notes:
- The Dodgers plan to utilize outfielder Carl Crawford off of the bench when he is activated from the DL, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. For the time being, then, the club seems to have resolved its long-running logjam.
- Meanwhile, the Dodgers would be interested if the Red Sox make their relievers available, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. He listed Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, and Craig Breslow as players who Boston could conceivably listen on, as the first three are set to become free agents while Breslow had a $4 million club option with a $100,000 buyout.
- Jonathan Papelbon is willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to facilitate a deal to a contending team, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gelb quoted the Philadelphia closer: "Some guys want to stay on a losing team? That's mind-boggling to me. I think that's a no-brainer."
- The Giants may have interest in Rays infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist, according to a report from Chris Haft and Ryan Hood of MLB.com. The Giants have sent special assignment scout to Pat Burrell to Tropicana Field recently, and the duo added that the Rays are believed to have scouted San Francisco's Double-A affiliate extensively.
- The day after designating $8.25 million catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment, the Red Sox did some looking back and looking forward. The embattled veteran was a source of clubhouse discord, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Meanwhile, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal wrote that Pierzynski's original one-year signing, and his ultimate DFA, fit with the club's long-term plans behind the dish. GM Ben Cherington acknowledged that his club was in an "unusual spot," as Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com reported. "We believe we can win games with [Pierzynski replacement] Christian [Vazquez] behind the plate," he said. "It is also an investment in him. We're in an usual spot. We're just gong to have to see what the rest of the month brings us, if we go on a run and our outlook changes."
- The Angels former Indians pitcher Rich Hill, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Hill was designated for assignment on Saturday just four days after being acquired via trade from the Red Sox. The veteran had three very rough outings with the Halos, and has a roller coaster history in the majors, but had been quite effective at Triple-A this year.
it doesnt take a mathematics wizard to figure there is 60 million bucks between cc and tanaka that will generate probably zero innings for the yankees in 2015. I know i am old fashioned but with pitchers you
CANNOT CONTINUETO PAY OVER $750,000 a start it is just insane. You would have thought teams would have gotten the message with the mets eating so much of the contract that Santana got a few years ago. Yet the tigers offered and were rejected 24 million a yr by scherzer and some nitwit will give him over 26 million over the off season you watch and see. I am glad the tribe takes the conservative approach on pitchers do i miss scott kazmir yes however in hindsight 22 for 2 was a huge risk based on recent track record. i just wonder if the inmates will give up control of the asylum!