Storylines: Pirates to promote Polanco
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 Monday, June 9.
- The Pirates announced that Gregory Polanco will be called up prior to Tuesday's game. A roster opening will be created with Neil Walker going to the 15-day DL after undergoing an appendectomy Monday evening. Polanco also tweeted the news from his personal Twitter account. If he is activated today, Polanco could reach 111 days of MLB service this year, which would make him an unlikely Super Two candidate down the line.
- Lonnie Chisenhall became the fourth MLB player in last 100 years with three home runs, five hits and nine RBI. The last player to do it was Fred Lynn on June 18, 1975.
- Terry Francona noted that the plan remains unchanged for rehabbing players Nick Swisher (15-day disabled list due to left knee injury) and Zach McAllister (15-day DL with back soreness). Swisher is slated to play games with Double-A Akron on Tuesday and Wednesday. McAllister is scheduled to start for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. Both players could rejoin the Indians during the upcoming weekend series in Boston.
News and Notes:
- First basemen who "are available" to be traded include the Yankees' Kelly Johnson, the Phillies' John Mayberry Jr., the Nationals' Tyler Moore and the Pirates' Gaby Sanchez, sources told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News.
- Grant Balfour is no longer the Rays' closer, as manager Joe Maddon told reporters (including Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times) that his team is moving to a closer committee.
- Peter Gammons stated that he doesn't see the Red Sox becoming major sellers if they fall out of the race because they want pitchers like Jon Lester and John Lackey back in 2015 and also "just because of the nature of the Boston fans and because of the nature of the market and because of NESN." A.J. Pierzynski could potentially become a trade chip if the Sox fell far enough out of a playoff spot, which would open the door for Christian Vasquez to get called up and gain some big league experience.
- Two sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Matt Wieters' throwing program is going poorly and surgery is looking more likely (Twitter links). A third source, however, cautions that it's too soon to make that judgment, adding that Wieters has good days and also bad days at this time.
- Rosenthal also noted that while many were shocked by Max Scherzer's decision to turn down $144 million in an attempt to secure more on next year's free agent market, Scherzer has an insurance policy on his right arm that Scherzer says "takes the injury risk out of it." While the policy likely doesn't cover the full amount of that offer, it sounds to be a substantial amount. Rosenthal added that Jon Lester has a similar policy, though not for nearly as much money as Scherzer's policy.
- The Diamondbacks announced that they designated right-hander Trevor Cahill for assignment as part of a series of transactions. The club also reinstated J.J. Putz from the 15-day disabled list, recalled Will Harris from Triple-A Reno, and placed Eric Chavez on the 15-day DL. Cahill has indicated that he would be amenable to taking a minor league assignment, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.
Francisco Rodriguez in Milwaukee has been doing very well. Was a free agent closer. Agree though, overall the free agent closer market has been mostly a bust.
Traded closers haven't fared any better. Jim Johnson has been terrible. Heath Bell wasn't a closer when dealt (was at one time) and has been cut.
Decent 1B defensively and can hit LHP.
Axford, Balfour, Nathan and Mujica. Only one that is succeeding is Rodney in Seattle.