Bad news for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens, who was expected to return from the disabled list to start against the Diamondbacks this weekend, felt a “pop” in his left hamstring while running on the field on Monday, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It doesn’t sound good. According to O’Brien, Jurrjens “went down in a heap,” feeling a pop in a lower part of the muscle than what landed him on the disabled list on April 30. Jurrjens is scheduled to undergo an MRI when the Braves return home later this week.
The setback presents another opportunity for Kris Medlen. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon and owns a 2.45 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to go along with an impressive 19/3 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.