A day after Alex Reyes‘ long-awaited season debut was truncated after four innings, the Cardinals placed Reyes on the 10-day disabled list Thursday.
Kansas City Royals would love to offload the contracts of Alex Gordon, Jason Hammel and Ian Kennedy. Kelvin Herrera (0.87 ERA), but even his value is dimmed at least somewhat because he is a free agent after this season. Mike Moustakas has played well after returning on just a $6.5 million deal.
Joe Mauer is close to returning from the 10-day disabled list, said he suffered a setback with his concussion-like symptoms while fielding grounders before Thursday’s game against the Indians.
David Wright emerged from the Mets’ clubhouse for a light game of catch. Wright uncorked throws with intensity for the first time since last August.
New York Yankees entered the new season safely under the luxury tax threshold for the first time in a long time. That’s their ticket to resetting their penalties on future overages, which could be their ticket to signing Manny Machado from the Orioles to a record-setting (e.g., $400 million) contract.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to send Jung Ho Kang out on a minor league assignment as he builds up for an eventual return to their big league roster.
Major League Baseball attendance is headed to its lowest average in 15 years. And it’s not only because of the historically bad weather that’s plagued the first third of the season.
Strikeouts exceeded hits in a full calendar month for the first time in April and are on track to do so again in May. Five teams are on pace to lose 100 or more games in the same season for the first time.
Average home runs per game, which rose to 2.31 in 2016 and a record 2.51 last season, have dropped to 2.26 from 2.43 at a similar point last year.
In an in-depth interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred discussed moving toward a technology-based strike zone rather than an umpire-based one, changing to a tackier baseball, addressing pace-of-play issues and much more.