UPDATE: Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Mathis is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury.
Tuesday, 9:19 PM: The Angels have placed catcher Jeff Mathis on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register.
Mathis suffered the injury when he attempted to block a ball in the dirt during eighth inning of Monday’s game against the Tigers.
“I saw the replay. His hand really wasn’t in the position it needed to
be. It needs to be behind the glove,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Jeff blocks the ball extremely well – as
well as any catcher in baseball. It was just a freak thing that his hand
was there in a position where it usually isn’t.”
Mathis had become Scioscia’s preferred option behind the plate over Mike Napoli, starting 10 of the season’s first 14 games. Though Scioscia wanted him for his defense, Mathis was off to an 11-for-34 (.324) start with the bat, burying Napoli even further. He even had a 10-game hitting streak under his belt.
It isn’t yet known how long the injury will keep Mathis on the shelf, but now Napoli will become the primary catcher, with Bobby Wilson backing him up.
Free agent right-hander Tim Lincecum isn’t ready to hang up his cleats just yet. At least, that’s the word from Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, who says the 32-year-old is still “throwing and getting ready for the season” (via Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News).
Lincecum may not be ready to enter retirement, but another quote from Thurman suggests that he’ll be picky about where he pitches next. He doesn’t appear open to pitching overseas, and despite not having a contract for 2017 (or even any serious suitors), the right-hander is set on pitching in the big leagues this year. Whether or not he’s willing to take a bullpen role to do so remains to be seen.
While Baggarly predicts some interest in the veteran righty, there’s not much in Lincecum’s recent history to inspire faith in him as a starter, or even a reliever. He picked up a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Angels following his hip surgery in 2015, and went 2-6 in 2016 with a 9.16 ERA, 5.4 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 over 38 1/3 innings. At this point, a minor league contract seems like the surest path back to major league success, though he’s unlikely to find an open spot on the Giants’ or Angels’ rosters anytime soon.
Free agent right-hander Jeff Manship has reportedly signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. The righty was non-tendered by the Indians in December.
Manship, 32, completed his second season with Cleveland in 2016. He delivered a 3.12 ERA, 4.6 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 rate over 43 1/3 innings, a slight decline after posting an 0.92 ERA with the club the year before. During eight years in the major leagues, Manship carries a 4.82 career ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 6.4 SO/9 in multiple stints with the Twins, Rockies, Phillies and Indians.
The right-hander will be joined by fellow MLB transplants Eric Hacker and Xavier Scruggs, each of whom took one-year deals with the Dinos last month. Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that each KBO team is allowed up to three foreign players, so Manship will round out the trio when he joins the roster. Any salary terms have yet to be disclosed.