The Phillies will decide on Wednesday whether Jimmy Rollins will require a stint on the disabled list. Rollins was a late scratch from Monday’s home opener against the Nationals due to a right calf strain.
Here’s the statement released by general manager Ruben Amaro Jr, via Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:
“Jimmy had an MRI at 2:00 this afternoon. We are reviewing the results
of the MRI and will decide on Jimmy’s status sometime tomorrow when we
have the opportunity to meet as a group.”
Odds are he’ll go to the disabled list, especially with word that he has a Grade 2 strain. Juan Castro will likely draw the majority of starts in his absence, but the Phillies could elect to recall Brian Bocock or purchase the contract of Wilson Valdez. Any way you slice it, the Phillies just found their new No. 8 hitter.
Update (5:04 PM EST): The White Sox will receive pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning from the Nationals, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. MLB Pipeline rated them No. 1, 3, and 6 in the Nationals’ minor league system.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are close to acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox. He notes that outfielder Victor Robles, the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is not included in the deal.
Eaton, 28, is signed to a very team-friendly contract. He’ll earn $4 million in 2017, $6 million in ’18, and $8.4 million in ’19. His controlling team then has a club option worth $9.5 million in 2020 with a $1.5 million buyout and a $10.5 million club option in ’21 with a $1.5 million buyout.
This past season, Eaton was worth 3.9 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball Reference after playing significantly above-average defense while batting .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 706 plate appearances.
If the deal goes through, the Nationals would move Trea Turner from center field to shortstop. Meanwhile, the White Sox continue their teardown after trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have signed veteran catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.
Ellis, 35, began the 2016 season with the Dodgers but went to the Phillies in the Carlos Ruiz trade near the end of August. Overall, he hit .216/.301/.298 in 196 plate appearances.
Ellis will back up J.T. Realmuto behind the dish.