Storylines: Nova likely headed for Tommy John
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Here are the stories from Monday, April 21st.
- Prior to Monday's 4-3 win over the Royals, Cleveland activated veteran Jason Giambi from the disabled list after his comeback from a fractured rib in his right side. In order to clear room on the active roster for Giambi, the Indians optioned right-handed reliever Blake Wood to Triple-A Columbus. With Wood out of the mix, manager Terry Francona has returned to a more traditional seven-man bullpen.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, outfielder Michael Brantley entered Monday's game batting .284 with a team-high three home runs and 16 RBIs. Brantley was hitting .318 with runners in scoring position and ranked sixth in the Majors with a rate of one RBI per 4.19 at-bats.
- Also entering Monday, Brantley and fellow Tribe outfielder David Murphy had combined for 12 of the 17 RBIs the club had collected over its past six games. The duo accounted for 18 of the Indians' 29 RBIs over the past seven games. Murphy headed into Monday ranked third in the Majors with a rate of one RBI per 3.47 at-bats.
- Josh Outman warmed up to the song "Let It Go" from the animated Disney movie "Frozen" during the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Outman said he is using the song right now because his 3-year-old daughter loves the movie.
News and Notes:
- The Tommy John epidemic that is sweeping Major League Baseball looks to have another victim, as Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova learned after an MRI this weekend that he has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News wrote. Feinsand said that Nova will be re-examined shortly by team physician Chris Ahmad, but the very likely outcome is that Nova will be the 15th pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery this season.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports looked at the Tigers‘ puzzling Alex Gonzalez situation. Detroit gave up infielder Steve Lombardozzi (who was part of the return for Doug Fister) and spent $1.1 million for nine games of Gonzalez before cutting him loose. Asked by Rosenthal about the possibility of Stephen Drew, GM Dave Dombrowski replied: "I’m sure people will focus on that, but we’re going to look internally at our situation first and foremost." The Tigers would likely only want Drew on a one-year deal, as Jose Iglesias will be healthy in 2015.
- Torii Hunter also told Rosenthal that he’s physically capable of playing another two or three years, but it’s going to be a matter of whether or not he wants to do so. Hunter certainly didn’t hint that retirement was on his mind, though.
- The Mets announced today they selected the contract of Bobby Abreu, who will join the club as a bench bat and part-time outfielder. New York signed the former Phillies/Yankees slugger to a minor league deal after Philadelphia released him near the end of Spring Training.
- The Twins have been active in seeking bench help in the past week or so, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees (in exchange for lefty Miguel Sulbaran) and claiming Sam Fuld off waivers from the A’s. It doesn’t sound like the team has any plans to stop actively seeking bench upgrades on the waiver wire, however, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
- Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras has changed agencies yet again, according to a report from Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Taveras will now be represented by Dan Lozano and Brian Mejia of MVP Sports Group.
- The Athletics announced that they claimed infielder Andy Parrino off waivers from the Rangers and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento.
Now...payroll wise I can understand why the Tigers haven't gone after Drew...