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.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.