Dodgers to activate Manny, place him on waivers?

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Here we go.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Dodgers will activate outfielder Manny Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday evening’s game against the Reds and start him in left field.  Of course, he might not be with Los Angeles for long.

The Dodgers are expected to place him on waivers almost immediately, allowing interested teams to put in a claim.  If he makes it through to the contending clubs in the National League, a deal seems likely. 

Sure, Manny hasn’t posted the kind of high-slugging numbers that we’ve come to expect, but he’s a seasoned veteran when it comes to postseason play and he would make for a fine late-innings pinch-hitter on any playoff team.  His low numbers this season have more to do with a rash of injuries than anything.

The 38-year-old outfielder is batting .317/.409/.516 with eight homers and 39 RBI this season in 186 at-bats.  A right-handed batter, he has a .955 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

Rubby De La Rosa to undergo a second Tommy John Surgery

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This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.

De La Rosa has had elbow  issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.

I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.

He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

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Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.

Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.