One of the game’s top outfield prospects, Wil Myers, is expected to miss another 10-12 days after going on the disabled list Sunday with a knee infection, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports.
The 20-year-old Myers, who moved from catcher to right field this season, is hitting .284/.357/.392 in 74 at-bats as one of the youngest players in the Texas League. He excelled last year, batting .315/.429/.506 while splitting time between low-A Burlington and high-A Wilmington.
With a big season in Double-A this year, the thinking was that Myers might be ready to step into the Kansas City outfield in 2012. That’s still possible, but he is going to have to show more power. Plus, the Royals may have some interest in re-signing Jeff Francoeur if things continue as is.
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.
Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.
Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.
Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.
Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.
Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.