Not to be outdone by Mark Ellis’ inner-ear infection, Tigers setup man Ryan Perry has been placed on the disabled list with an eye infection.
All the reports on the injury that I’ve seen so far are light on any further details, but “infected eye” certainly doesn’t sound very pleasant.
Because the DL stint is backdated to his April 5 appearance Perry will be eligible to return on April 20, with the Tigers calling up right-hander Robbie Weinhardt from Triple-A to take his spot in the bullpen.
Perry had been Detroit’s primary seventh-inning setup man in front of fellow right-handers Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, but his absence could push left-hander Daniel Schlereth into a higher-leverage role.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.