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Daily Dose: Crazy, Wright?

Sunday, August 12, 2018


So, that was unexpected.

 

David Wright, who hasn't played in a major league game since May 27, 2016, will play in a game Sunday -- albeit with Class-A St. Lucie. Wright will play five innings at third base in what will be the first game of a rehab assignment as he works to return to the big club.

 

“I think a lot of people just want to get their eyes on him and see how the ball is coming off his bat, how he was moving around at third, how he was throwing the ball,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Saturday. “Everybody really felt confident that he was in a really good spot to go out and compete in a game.”

 

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Wright's laundry list of injuries is too long to lay out here -- even on the internet, we don't have that much space -- and after he missed the entire 2017 season due to numerous injuries, culminating with season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, there were questions as to whether he would even attempt a comeback. He chose not to retire, but was placed on the disabled list prior to the start of this season as he continued to work back from shoulder and back injuries.

 

That's where he's been all season -- well, physically he's been working out at the team's minor league complex in Port St. Lucie -- until Sunday, when he'll don a uniform and take the field.

 

“His throwing is doing OK,” Callaway said. “He doesn’t have the best arm strength in the world at this point, but his accuracy seems to be good. He’s had some significant shoulder problems and had some hurdles there, but releasing the ball — fielding and releasing the ball, throwing from third, has been fine in practice.”

 

Sunday's game will be another step, though a big one, in what's been a long, long road back for Wright, and there remains no guarantee of success -- Wright's stated goal is just to return before the season ends, nothing more. Even so, there will be few rooting against Captain America, and plenty inside and outside of New York cheering him on.

 

Myers To See Time At The Hot Corner

 

So, that was unexpected.

 

And no, you're not seeing double.

 

While Wright's news came out of left field, news out of third base came in the form of Wil Myers set to see time at the hot corner in a rehab game Sunday. Myers, who hasn't started a game at third base since he was in the minor leagues in 2012, will play third base for Class-A Lake Elsinore Sunday before likely being activated the following day.

 

San Diego Union-Tribune beat writer Kevin Acee called it "virtually certain" Myers will draw the start at third for the Padres on Monday as well.

 

“The same way we pushed our kids in the deep end,” Padres manager Andy Green said of throwing Myers into the fire. “Just swim. At some point in time, you’ve just got to go.”

 

Myers' position has been fluid in recent years, but never to this extent. The 27-year-old has logged at least 300 innings in left field, center field, right field and first base during his five-year major league career, but has logged just one inning of one game at third base in the bigs.

 

It's a low-risk move for the rebuilding Padres, and it's one that could help fantasy owners tremendously depending on how often Myers handles the hot corner down the stretch. Added position flexibility is golden, and if he gains third base eligibility for 2019 in the process, Myers' case could be an interesting one next spring.

 

Encarnacion (Biceps) Headed For DL Stay

 

So, that was expected.

 

A day after Edwin Encarnacion was removed from the Indians' game against the White Sox for a left biceps injury, manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Encarnacion will be placed on the disabled list ahead of Sunday's series finale.

 

“There’s some swelling in the bicep and it’s not bad at all,” Francona said. “Between the wrist and the bicep, I think we just thought 10 days, letting him come back and being Edwin made the most sense.”

 

Francona also said X-rays on Encarnacion’s left hand “came back actually really good, really clean.”

 

Yandy Diaz will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take Encarnacion's roster spot. The team used Melky Cabrera at designated hitter in Encarnacion's absence Saturday, but the truth is, they don't have a great option to fill the hole left by the slugger. Diaz may actually prove to be the team's best chance at replicating some of that offense.

 

National League Quick Hits: Kenley Jansen (heart) will have a follow-up on his condition August 20. It follows, then, that he'll be out until then at the very least, and given the timetable it's very possible we won't see Jansen until sometime in September at the earliest ... Wilson Ramos (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Clearwater on Sunday. Ramos has yet to play for his new club despite them making a deal with the Rays at the deadline to acquire him. He told reporters he believes he'll be back before the end of the month. The Phils made the move for the injured backstop after he hit .297/.346/.488 with 14 homers and was named an AL All-Star ... Francisco Cervelli was removed from Saturday's game against the Giants as a precaution, the team said. He's being monitored by team officials. The Pirates and Cervelli can't be too cautious after he's experienced concussion symptoms within the past month, and he was hit in the mask by a foul tip in the first inning of Saturday's game ... Alex Wood (hip) will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday. Assuming that's the case, Wood will have just missed the minimum after leaving a start on August 4 with left adductor tendinitis. That's clearly a best-case scenario for both Wood and the Dodgers, who haven't had much luck with pitcher health in recent memory. Wood will carry a 3.58 ERA into that Tuesday start against the division-rival Giants ... Kyle Freeland allowed just two runs over seven innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Dodgers. Freeland did his part, scattering six hits and two walks while racking up a career-high 10 strikeouts. It was his 15th quality start of the season. The 25-year-old left-hander will carry an outstanding 3.02 ERA into his next start on the road against the Braves ... Jack Flaherty limited the Royals to two runs over seven innings Saturday in the Cardinals' 8-3 win at Kansas City. Flaherty issued three walks but gave up only three hits and struck out nine. Flaherty, 22, boasts a 3.22 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 127/36 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings (19 starts) this year with the Cardinals ... Ryan McMahon hit a walk-off three-run homer in bottom of the ninth inning Saturday as the Rockies beat the Dodgers 3-2. McMahon also homered Friday in the Rockies' 5-4 defeat of Los Angeles. He's been starting at third base with Nolan Arenado nursing a minor shoulder injury ... speaking of Arenado, he wasn't in the starting lineup but did pinch-hit Saturday, getting hit by a pitch in the ninth inning ... Ryan Zimmerman hit a pair of homers, driving in six runs, to lead the Nationals to a 9-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday. Zimmerman was the bane of Cubs starter Jon Lester's existence on this day, socking a two-run homer in the first, adding an RBI sac fly in the third and finishing Lester off with a three-run homer in the fourth. Zimmerman now has nine homers through 47 games, and he's been especially hot with three multi-hit games in his last six contests ... Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The move is a shocking one on the surface, as Eflin owns a nice 3.57 ERA on the year, but it's actually a shrewd move on the part of the Phillies -- with an off day approaching and a doubleheader Thursday against the Mets, Eflin will remain on schedule and can be recalled as the team's 26th man for Thursday's game without repercussion. He then can be recalled after the mandatory stay in the minors, and will never miss a turn in the rotation. He was sent out Saturday to make room for Justin Bour on the active roster.

 

American League Quick Hits: Trevor Bauer is going for X-rays on his injured right ankle. That sounds ominous, but Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters he thinks the right-hander will be OK. Bauer sustained the injury in the seventh inning of his start Saturday against the White Sox when Jose Abreu lined a pitch off the ankle. Bauer left shortly thereafter. The team should have the results of the X-rays by Sunday ... George Springer (thumb) has progressed to hitting in a batting cage. "Monday, Tuesday we'll start to get a little more aggressive with his BP and target the end of the week," A.J. Hinch told The Athletic's Jake Kaplan. That's basically a best-case scenario for the outfielder, who only hit the DL on Monday with a left thumb sprain. Initial projections had him out for at least two weeks, but he seems destined to beat that timeline. Keep your fingers crossed, Springer owners ... Logan Morrison will undergo season-ending hip surgery. It's not clear when Morrison sustained the injury, as nothing had been widely reported about his hip prior to Saturday night's announcement. The 30-year-old hit .186/.276/.368 with 15 homers in 95 games ... Angels activated LHP Tyler Skaggs from the 10-day disabled list. Skaggs missed the minimum, as expected, with the left adductor strain. He perhaps wished he would have stayed out another day or two after the A's jumped on him for 10 hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings of work ... Twins purchased the contract of RHP Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Rochester. Stewart hasn't exactly lit the world on fire in the minors this or any other year -- he's got a 4.47 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A -- but with their season not going anywhere and the right-hander not getting any younger, perhaps they think it's time to see what they've got in the former No. 4 overall pick ... David Price was outstanding in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, punching out 10 over six shutout innings. Price scattered five hits on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. He has been phenomenal as of late, compiling a 1.03 ERA and 25/5 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings in his last four starts. Now 12-6 on the season, Price owns a 3.75 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 134/39 K/BB ratio across 134 1/3 innings ... Jackie Bradley crushed a pair of solo homers, powering the Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. Even with his 2-for-4 effort, Bradley is still hitting a paltry .216/.302/.389 on the season with 11 long balls and 46 RBI.



Nathan Grimm is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter (@Nate_Grimm).
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