If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it:
Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning.
The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right lower leg. According to the Associated Press, he hurt himself while “taking awkward steps just before he reached third base.”
Edmonds sat out all of 2009 before launching a comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9.
Edmonds has already said he would likely retire at the end of this season, and Brewers manager Ken Kacha actually talked him out of quitting in early August. Seeing as how he has already been on the disabled list this season and is now getting hurt on home run trots, retirement seems just about guaranteed.
Now let the Hall of Fame debate rage. What do you think?
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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.