The Washington Nationals will select the contract of southpaw Tommy Milone, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier (via Twitter). He’ll start for the team tonight in place of Stephen Strasburg, who was just sent back onto the disabled list.
After helping the Nationals salvage a split of their rain-shortened series against the Braves on Sunday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer said he and Stephen Strasburg had put Friday’s altercation in the dugout behind them.
“Look, it was miscommunication,” Scherzer said of the spat, which was captured by television cameras from both teams’s broadcast crews and occurred after Strasburg was removed from the game in the fifth inning. “Settled it. It’s over. End of story.”
Other Nationals news, “Something extreme would have to happen for us to consider moving [Bryce Harper],” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told Joel Sherman of the New York Post. While short of an outright denial, it doesn’t seem like a Harper trade is even a longshot possibility for the Nats. If anything, Rizzo said the team is still looking to add (in the form of starting pitching and a catcher), though Sherman notes that the general manager didn’t rule out the possibility of eventually selling some impending free agents if Washington can’t get back into the pennant race. Such moves would be lower-level veterans and not Harper, as Sherman runs through the rather limited and difficult market the Nationals would face if they did make him available.
The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a trade that will see right-hander Seunghwan Oh join the Colorado bullpen, with The Athletic’s Robert Murray tweeting that the trade is “a done deal.” Minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger is expected to be heading to the Blue Jays as part of the trade, Sportsnet.ca’s Shi Davidi reports (Twitter link). A sixth-round pick for Colorado in the 2017 draft, Spanberger is ranked 24th on MLB.com’s list of the top 30 Rockies prospects, with the scouting report noting Spanberger’s big power potential but also quite a few strikeouts. Another first base prospect, Sean Bouchard, is also heading to Toronto in the deal, as per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired right-hander Matt Andriese from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays will receive two minor leaguers in return catcher Michael Perez and righty Brian Shaffer reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Andriese, 28-year-old has mostly been deployed as a starter and in both short and long relief roles. The DBacks announced that right-hander Randall Delgado has been designated for assignment to create a 40-man spot for Andriese.
One of the greats in Los Angeles Dodgers history will play no longer – and where has the time gone? Andre Ethier announced his retirement from baseball after a remarkable twelve year career.
“I look forward to coming back to Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium, places I’m so lucky to have called home for the last 12 years,” Ethier said. “There’s nothing like stepping out on the field at Dodger Stadium and looking up and seeing the faithful Dodger Blue supporting you, and I’m grateful for the reception and support I received in all my years playing there.”
Ethier, By the Numbers:
- Ethier is among the Los Angeles Dodgers all-time leaders in games (1,455, 7th), hits (1,367, 7th), and extra-base hits (499, 4th).
- He retires with a 21.2 bWAR, his best season in that category came in 2012 when he posted a 3.5 bWAR.
- Won the Silver Slugger Award in 2009 and finished 6th in MVP voting. Andre had a career high in home runs (31) and runs batted in (106) that season. He hit four walk-off home runs during this season.
- Career on-base percentage of .359, and career OPS of .822. Ethier hit 162 home runs – which ties him for eighth on the Dodgers all-time list.
- Played in 51 postseason games in parts of 14 series. He had a .937 OPS in the NLDS round.
- Ethier won a Gold Glove Award in 2011, his age-29 season. (From .dodgersnation.com)