Jason Heyward believes that his sore right groin has improved, but according to what Braves manager Bobby Cox told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Friday’s game against the Phillies, he isn’t as optimistic:
“I think it’s worse than day-to-day,” Cox said. “We’re gonna wait a few
more days and see if it gets better. Hopefully we don’t have to
disable him. That would be rough right now.”
Heyward has been limited to pinch-hit duties since being pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. His pinch-hit two-run single on Thursday is the only bit of offense the Braves have mustered over the past two nights. Craig weeps.
From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.
The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.