The Seattle Times’ Larry Stone reports that Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak will go on the bereavement list following a death in his family.
The Mariners have yet to make it offical, but they do have backup catcher Chris Gimenez listed as their starting first baseman for Wednesday’s game versus Detroit.
Mike Carp would be the logical choice to come up and fill in at first base for the club, but he’s off to a horrible start in Triple-A, having hit .093/.235/.163 with two RBI in 43 at-bats. For that reason, Matt Tuiasosopo could well be the choice instead.
Smoak, who was the main return in the Cliff Lee deal with the Rangers last year, has been the Mariners’ best player so far. He’s batting .291/.403/.491 in 55 at-bats. He hit his second homer last night in the loss to the Tigers.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.