Storylines: Another top prospect lost for season
Padres 2012 first round pick Max Fried will be lost for the year.
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Here are the stories from Friday, August 15.
- The Padres announced that top prospect Max Fried will require Tommy John surgery that will sideline him for most, if not all of the 2015 campaign. Fried, who was drafted seventh overall in 2012, has had a lost season, as he opened the year on the shelf with a flexor strain and only returned to the mound in January. The 20-year-old totaled just 10 2/3 innings of work this season before being shut down. Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus all ranked him inside of the game's Top 55 prospects heading into the season.
- Cleveland activated Michael Bourn from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Orioles, following his latest bout with a left hamstring injury. Due to reliever John Axford being claimed off trade waivers by the Pirates on Thursday, the Indians did not need to clear room on the roster for Bourn.
- Cleveland manager Terry Francona announced Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start on Sunday against Baltimore. As a result, left-hander T.J. House (originally slated to start Sunday) will temporarily shift to the bullpen. The timing of House's next start is somewhat dependent on Corey Kluber's upcoming schedule. With a scheduled off-day on Monday, Kluber could come back on normal rest to start on Wednesday or he could start Thursday with an extra day of rest.
- Designated hitter Nick Swisher (15-day disabled list) is scheduled to have his ailing right knee examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Antonetti said it is hard to know how much of Swisher's offensive struggles (.208/.278/.331 slash line in 97 games) can be attributed to the knee issues this season.
News and Notes:
- Newly elected MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's initial contract will be a three-year deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
- In an appearance on WAAF's Hill-Man Morning Show, Jon Lester explained recent comments that he wouldn't necessarily go to the highest bidder this offseason (via WEEI's Rob Bradford). "...I don't need to go to the highest bidder if that isn't going to make me happy," said Lester. "I'm not going to just take the highest bid, the money, the most years just because it's in front of you. ... I make decisions based on me and my family and is this place — "whether it's Boston or one of the other 29 teams –" is this place going to be good for me and my family?" Lester did note that he could still end up signing the highest bidder, of course, but the happiness of his family will be the top priority. Lester also repeated that he doesn't have any hard feelings toward the Red Sox, and he discussed his farewell to owner John Henry as well.
- Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner isn't committing to bringing back longtime general manager Brian Cashman in 2015, but the Yankee GM told George A. King III of the New York Post that he's not bothered by the situation. "That's the process," said Cashman, whose contract expires after the 2014 season. "There isn't much to say at this point. That's for another day." Steinbrenner's comments to King were of a similar nature, as he chose to focus on the season at hand rather than the future of his GM.
- Steinbrenner also said he's had no recent conversations with Alex Rodriguez, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, but the Yankees are expecting A-Rod to return in 2015 following his 162-game suspension. The 39-year-old former MVP has three years and $61 million remaining on his contract.
- Braves hurler Kris Medlen is just two and a half weeks away from beginning to throw again after his second Tommy John surgery, and feels confident that he'll be back on the hill "at some point next season," David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. But it remains to be seen whether he'll work his way back with Atlanta, as his current $5.8 million salary and status as a two-time TJ patient makes him a non-tender possibility.
- The Brewers will go the rest of the way without righties Tyler Thornburg and Jim Henderson, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy. Thornburg will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in a bid to avoid surgery on his elbow, while Henderson may need shoulder surgery. Thornburg, 25, tossed 29 2/3 innings before being shut down, while the 31-year-old Henderson (who saved 28 games last season) scuffled through just 11 1/3 frames.
- Left-hander Brad Mills accepted his outright assignment from the Blue Jays and will report to Triple-A Buffalo, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation's MLB Daily Dish. The 29-year-old southpaw, who is no stranger to being designated for assignment this season, was most recently DFA'ed by the Jays on Tuesday this week. He will look to continue his excellent Triple-A work in hopes of receiving another crack at the MLB roster.
- Outfielder Chris Young has been given his released by the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported. The 30-year-old was recently designated for assignment after struggling for much of the season. New York will remain on the hook for the rest of his $7.25 million salary this year (less any meager savings that might be achieved if he hooks on with another club at the league minimum rate).
- The Dodgers acquired right-hander Justin Germano from the Rangers for future considerations, Rangers executive vice president of communications John Blake announced. Germano was added to the Triple-A Albuquerque roster to begin his tenure with the organization.