Storylines: Votto could be sidelined for significant time
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Here are the stories from Friday, May 16th.
- The Indians had good news Friday on a pair of sidelined players: All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is nearing a Minor League rehab assignment, and injured outfielder Nyjer Morgan has avoided knee surgery. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Kipnis, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, advanced from hitting off a tee to front toss on Friday. Terry Francona said the team is currently exploring when the second baseman can begin playing rehab games in the Minors. He also mentioned an MRI exam of Morgan revealed a sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament in Morgan's knee, but the outfielder is not expected to need surgery.
- Prior to Friday's game against the A's, the Indians promoted Crockett and optioned right-handed starter Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus. By calling up Crockett, manager Terry Francona now has nine relievers in his bullpen until the Indians need a fifth starter, which will be Triple-A's Trevor Bauer, on Tuesday.
News and Notes:
- While most of the major injuries we’ve seen this season have come on the pitching front, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that there could be another significant injury to a hitter. Sources told Rosenthal that Joey Votto did not make the current road trip with the Reds and is staying back to undergo an MRI on the same knee that he had surgically repaired in 2012. A DL stint does appear to be likely, according to Rosenthal. Later, it was revealed Votto has been diagnosed with a left distal quadriceps strain and the organization planned to meet again Friday night after the game against the Phillies to determine the next step for the former MVP, Reds manager Bryan Price said. Price said Votto had been dealing with knee pain for the last two-to-three weeks, but only in Thursday's game did he feel like it was an issue on the field.
- The Orioles agreed to a minor league deal with reliever Heath Bell, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. The contract includes two opt-outs and will only pay Bell at the major league minimum salary, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, though of course he will still receive all of the $9 million he is owed under his old contract.
- Fernandez underwent successful surgery yesterday, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported. The club anticipates the usual twelve to eighteen month recovery period.
- The Rays agreed to a minor league deal with infielder Jayson Nix, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Nix will start out at Triple-A, according to Cotillo. Nix received a July 15 opt-out date in his contract.
- The Marlins have a deal in place with infielder Miguel Tejada pending a physical, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel.
- Julio Franco, who played professionally in parts of four decades, is not quite done yet. The independent league Fort Worth Cats announced that the 53-year-old will serve as a player/coach for the team’s first homestand.
- Second baseman Chris Getz, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays and outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo, has decided to retire rather than accept his outright assignment, MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reported.
- ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Matt LaPorta asked for and was granted his release from the Mexican League’s Campeche Pirates. The former Indians top prospect batted .286/.366/.555 with seven homers in 32 games for Campeche.
- Carlos Beltran was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, and the injury could be very serious. The 37-year-old received a cortisone shot in attempt to alleviate pain stemming from a bone spur in his elbow, but he told reporters (including ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand) that if the shot doesn’t do the trick, he could require surgery that would sideline him for up to eight weeks.
- The Royals have outfielder Justin Maxwell for assignment, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. In a corresponding move, the team promoted righty Casey Coleman.
- The Orioles designated righty Evan Meek for assignment off of the 25-man roster, the club announced. Meek will be kept on the 40-man roster and placed on optional assignment waivers today, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.
- The Reds have designated lefty Jeff Francis for assignment.
- The Nationals announced that they selected the contract of Greg Dobbs and transferred Eury Perez to the 60-day DL while optioning Sandy Leon to Triple-A in order to clear roster space. Dobbs inked a minor league deal with Washington earlier in the week.
- Injured Rangers starter Matt Harrison will undertake an epidural injection in hopes of quieting the pain from his back condition, but the next steps remain unclear, according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest.
PS.. no one in St Louis is crying over Albert Pujols and his lack or performance.. Arod.. is a pariah.. CC Sabathia.. well, he's becoming fragile.. Now Votto.. Not a single a fan from where the player departed seems to continue to be saddened.....