Storylines: Indians option struggling Salazar back to Columbus
- This season for the Philadelphia Phillies has been one that they hope to forget. Ryan Howard has been a shell of himself, Jimmy Rollins hasn’t had a good season since his MVP year in 2007 and John Mayberry and Dominic Brown have regressed since showing their upside last year. Chase Utley has been the only positive for them this season. However, most of the speculation has been around their two heralded pitchers, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. Hamels was clamed off of waivers from an unknown team earlier on Wednesday. Lee’s season is likely over along with his tenure in Philadelphia after his locker inside Citizen’s Bank Park had been cleaned out before the Phillies played the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. He appeared to suffer an elbow injury as he was throwing a cutter to Nationals center fielder, Denard Span in the bottom of the third inning last Thursday. He is just recently returning from an elbow strain that kept him out for two months. In 13 games this season Lee is 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA and 72 strikeouts.
- The Cleveland Indians have optioned Danny Salazar back to Triple-A for reliever C.C. Lee. This comes after Salazar struggled in Wednesday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds and the bullpen was used after four innings.
- Terry Francona has decided to demote Josh Tomlin to the bullpen. This comes after he gave up eight hits in only 4.1 innings in a 9-2 loss against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Possible options are long reliever Carlos Carrasco or possibly a pitcher from AAA.
- Nick Swisher went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Wednesday night and played left field for the first time since 2009. Swisher hasn’t played since Sunday after having soreness in his right wrist.
Other News and Notes
- According to Angelo Cataldi of 94WIP sports radio show in Philadelphia, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the Philadelphia Phillies might not be able to field a contending team within the next two years.
- T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com reports that more names of fairly major significance could come out for PED use as it pertains to the Biogenesis scandal.
- According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Cubs have DFA’d outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Schierholtz was only hitting .192 with 6 home runs and 33 RBI. He hit .251 with 21 home runs and 68 RBI last year. This opens up a roster space for lefty Kyuji Fujikawa who was on the 60-day DL.
- Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the Chicago Cubs have claimed former Miami Marlins righty Jacob Turner off of waivers. In 20 games he was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA and 54 strikeouts.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd was claimed off of waivers from an unknown team. He also reported the same about pitcher Cole Hamels; however,Jonathan Papelbon cleared waivers.
- Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have DFA’d infielder Chone Figgins. In 38 games he hit .217 with only 1 RBI. He only has 4 SB on the year.
- According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, the Colorado Rockies have DFA’d outfielder Jason Pridie. This opens up a roster spot for righty Brooks Brown. Brown was recalled due to a lower back strain injury to Brett Anderson.
- Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the San Diego Padres have hired A.J. Preller as their new GM. It took two and a half months for them to finally find one.
- Closer Kevin Gregg of the Miami Marlins season has ended. He will undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Gregg was signed to a minor league deal back in June.
- Daniel Popper of MLB.com reports that Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams angrily sounded off against reports that inferred that his recent comments regarding outfielder Bryce Harper’s struggles meant that he wanted to send him down to AAA.
And I agree with Homer. If this team has a weakness going into next season, it's the lack of up-and-coming starting pitching after Kluber and Bauer. I'd much rather flip a prospect or two for a high upside guy like Turner (and 2-3 other guys like him that will be under club control for the next half decade) than have to hand out 4 year/$50M contracts to bums like Ricky Nolasco in free agency.
I would have loved to see the Indians acq. Jacob Turner for at least pitching depth. He's only 23, has some nice power stuff. Could be a break out candidate - he's struggled this yr, but has the prospect pedigree as a former first rd pk.