Storylines: Fielder likely out for the remainder of season
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Here are the stories from Thursday, May 22nd.
- Rangers GM Jon Daniels informed reporters on a conference call that Prince Fielder is scheduled for season-ending surgery next Tuesday. They will seek one final opinion before proceeding with the procedure, but surgery appears to be a near certainty. As Daniels explains, a cervical MRI, which is not part of any standard physical, would’ve been required to catch any such issue with Fielder. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Rangers do have insurance on Fielder’s contract, but it likely won’t save them much in 2014. The policy pays out 50 cents on the dollar for every dollar owed past a certain time period, which is believed to be around 90 days. Grant estimated that the policy will save the Rangers a little north of $2 million this season.
- The Tribe sent lefty reliever Kyle Crockett down to Triple-A and placed struggling starter Zach McAllister on the 15-day disabled list to make room for T.J. House (who will start Friday) and righty reliever Mark Lowe. In order to make room for Mark Lowe on the 40-man roster, Nyjer Morgan was transferred to the 60-day DL.
News and Notes:
- Cliff Lee has been placed on the disabled list with what has been termed a mild flexor tendon sprain, the team announced yesterday. The Inquirer’s Matt Gelb writes that doctors stressed to Lee the fact that he has no ligament damage. Still the team could be without its ace for at least three weeks, as Lee will rest entirely for one week then spend two weeks rebuilding the strength that rest will cause him to lose.
- Rangers GM Jon Daniels also informed reporters that Jurickson Profar has suffered a Grade 2 strain in his arm. While there’s no set timetable for his return, the recovery time is likely 8 to 12 weeks, according to Daniels.
- 24-year-old Cuban lefty Misael Siverio, who has officially been declared a free agent, is expected to put on a showcase for MLB scouts on June 10 in Tijuana, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca.
- Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that playing time for Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras could present itself shortly in the Majors, as the team begins a stretch of seven games in AL parks in early June. However, the Cardinals could also recall Randal Grichuk, who has been on an otherwordly tear since being sent back to Triple-A.
- In the midst of a difficult stretch at the plate, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was optioned to Triple-A in favor of Jimmy Paredes. As Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star wrote, the move was not surprising at this point.
- The Dodgers released catcher Miguel Olivo, the club announced via press release. With the move, Los Angeles has 39 slots filled on its 40-man roster. The 35-year-old had previously been suspended for his disturbing assault on fellow minor leaguer Alex Guerrero.
- After originally optioning struggling catcher J.P. Arencibia, the Rangers have outrighted him off of the club’s 40-man roster. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram first reported that Arencibia had cleared outright waivers and been assigned to Triple-A.
- The Pirates claimed righty Josh Wall off waivers from the Angels, Angels communications director Eric Kay announced. The Pirates announced that they designated right-hander Phil Irwin for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Josh Wall.
- The Pirates also announced that they re-instated Russell Martin from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Wandy Rodriguez for assignment.
- The Reds released former top catching prospect Max Ramirez from their Triple-A affiliate in Louisville.