Storylines: Tanaka to throw bullpen session on Saturday
- The New York Yankees ace pitcher might not be done yet. Masahiro Tanaka has not pitched in a game since playing the Tribe on July 7th. He was experiencing elbow inflammation after the game and was placed on the 15-day DL the next day. At the time of injury, he was one of the best pitchers in the American League as he was 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA and 135 strikeouts. He threw 49 pitches in a simulated game last week in Detroit but had soreness in his elbow. He threw a session on Tuesday and will throw another one on Saturday. “Let’s just take that and see how it goes,” Girardi said. “When he gets through that, I’ll decide what’s next.” The Yankees are hoping the sessions and treatment will help him avoid Tommy John surgery. They only have 24 games left but Girardi maintains that Tanaka will throw in a game before the season is over. “He will pitch somewhere, he has to throw,” Girardi said. “You can’t wait until next spring.”
- Homer Bailey will undergo surgery to repair a small tear in the flexor of his right forearm. Bailey signed a six year, $105 million contract in February.
Tribe News and Notes
- After showing signs of improvement, Mike Aviles is experiencing concussion symptoms. He has not been placed on the 7-day concussion DL and does not have a timetable for his return.
Other News and Notes
- Daniel Hudson pitched for the first time since 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
- Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will be back in time for spring training.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, The New York Yankees will retain GM Brian Cashman after season's end. Cashman signed a three year extension in 2011 and the deal is set to expire.
- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Caleb Gindl cleared waivers and was outrighted to AAA.
- Outfielder Mike Carp has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to AAA by the Texas Rangers.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have outrighted shortstop Carlos Triunfel to AAA.
- The San Diego Padres have outrighted infielder Chris Nelson to AAA after clearing waivers.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that the Seattle Mariners have released righty reliever Todd Coffey. The Mariners believe they have enough depth as a contending team and want Coffey to find another opportunity with a contending team who could use his services.
- According to Buster Olney of ESPN, even though there are indications that the Miami Marlins are not going to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, a package of top prospects could be too much for them to turn down.
I still think the Indians may possibly have a package to get Stanton.
I'd love to see Stanton in a Tribe uni. but the cost would be astronomical. I'm curious what other hitters might be available? The only one that comes to mind is Mark Trumbo, who missed a large portion of the season. Maybe Alex Rios, he was rumored to be on the mkt, but I don't see Texas moving him going into a new season.