Storylines: Swisher undergoes surgery, done for season
- Nick Swisher’s disappointing sophomore season with the Indians has finally came to an end. The first basemen had surgery done on both of his knees Wednesday afternoon and will be out for 8-10 weeks. In one of the worst seasons of his career, this is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean for next season. Swisher has struggled with injuries ever since coming to the Tribe last season and signing a four year, $56 million deal. His knees started becoming more of an issue during the series against the Baltimore Orioles in late May before hyperextended his knee running to first base on May 26th. He was placed on the 15 day DL the next day. Swisher struggled all season and in 97 games was batting .208 with only 8 home runs and 42 RBI. He has not played since August 9th.
- Garrett Richards of the Los Angeles Angels was carted off of the field in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. It is an injury to his patellar in his left knee and he is expected to miss the rest of the season.
- The Indians have pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings after last night’s win against the Minnesota Twins, 5-0.
Other News and Notes
- Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the Philadelphia Phillies president David Montgomery has not stated that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is on the hot seat. “Ruben is not on the hot seat.”
- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Texas Rangers lefty Neal Cotts has been claimed off of waivers. The team is unknown at this time.
- Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the MLBPA grievance against the Houston Astros on their practices during the draft are focused around their 5th round selection Jacob Nix, not 1st overall pick Brady Aiken.
- According to James Schmel of Mlive.com, Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks has suffered another setback in his recovery from back surgery. He suffered his second hamstring injury in a recent rehab game and will likely not play at all for the Tigers this year.
- Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the bidding for Cuban free agent, Rusney Castillo, could be in the $50-60 million range over five years. The Red Sox, Tigers, Giants, Phillies and Yankees all have interest.
- According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago White Sox requested release waivers on lefty, Charlie Leesman. Leesman only played in one game for them this year.
- MiLB.com reports that the Atlanta Braves have signed former Tribe pitcher Joe Gardner to a minor league deal.
- The Los Angeles Angels could possibly extend the contract of outfielder Kole Calhoun. Calhoun is batting .294 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI.
- According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Padres have DFA’d lefty Bobby LaFromboise. This leads to a roster spot open for reinstated outfielder, Cameron Maybin.
- According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the MLB has changed its policy for teams scouting international players. Teams must not host players at their facilities until that player is 16 years old or within six months of being eligible to sign.
- Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that outfielder Carlos Beltran will see a doctor after having a weird feeling in his elbow after swinging his bat Tuesday.
- According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the New York Mets have yet to place Bartolo Colon through revocable waivers.
this front office is just in over their head - always has been. i would be fuming if i am the dolans.
That said, I was then and still am down with the Swisher signing. I think it was a good decision, but unfortunately just has not worked out because of health reasons. Such is the risk you take in FA. As for Bourn, I never have been fine with that deal. I get why they made it, but always felt he was an overrated player. At least Swisher had like a 10 year stretch of consistency and as a good OBP with good power numbers.