Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months.
Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on hard-hit balls to the outfield, including a near-double caught in the left-center field gap and a near-homer hauled in at the warning track.
And then last night he finally got some hits to drop, going 2-for-4 with a well-struck double versus the Yankees. Morneau’s timing may not be all the way back to where it was, but his swing definitely looks good enough that durability and overall health remain far bigger question marks than his bat. If he’s able to stay in the lineup consistently, he’ll hit.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Padres are working to trade starter Andrew Cashner. He notes that a deal may be consummated before he takes the hill for Tuesday’s start in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers have had reported interest in Cashner.
Cashner is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He missed over three weeks between June 11 and July 2 due to a strained neck.
The right-hander is earning $9.625 million this season and will be eligible for a fourth and final year of arbitration going into 2017.
The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the club activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman had been out since July 7 with a strained rib cage on the left side.
Zimmerman has been inserted in the sixth spot in Tuesday’s lineup against the Indians. The veteran went on the DL with a lackluster .221/.284/.402 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 313 plate appearances.
Clint Robinson and Daniel Murphy split time at first base in Zimmerman’s absence, which allowed Trea Turner to get regular playing time at second base. Turner will play center field on Tuesday night.
The Nationals also activated pitcher Sammy Solis from the disabled list. Solis had been out since July 7 with inflammation in his right knee.