The All-Star break came at a good time for Lonnie Chisenhall, as the Indians’ rookie third baseman had a chance to recover from a fractured sinus suffered on July 7.
Chisenhall took a Carlos Villanueva pitch to the face and missed the final three games of the first half, but told Nick Camino of WTAM-1100 in Cleveland that he expects to be back in the Indians’ lineup tomorrow night in Baltimore.
There’s a scab on his cheek and Chisenhall’s eye is still red, but he’s damn lucky to have avoided a significantly more serious injury.
Ranked as one of MLB’s top 25 prospects by Baseball America coming into the season, Chisenhall was called up from Triple-A in late June and has gone 8-for-30 (.267) with a homer and three doubles through his first nine games.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Gomez will earn $11.5 million next season.
Gomez, 31, struggled with the Astros to a .594 OPS before the club released him in mid-August. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter and were immediately rewarded. Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 130 plate appearances through the end of the regular season.
As presently constructed, Gomez would likely take over in center field with Nomar Mazara handling left and Shin-Soo Choo in right.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Rodney, 39, has been inconsistent over the past two seasons. This past season, he was lights-out with the Padres, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 appearances. After the Marlins acquired him at the end of June, he struggled to a 5.89 ERA in 39 appearances.
Brad Ziegler, who closed for the Diamondbacks in the first half last season, went to the Red Sox in a midseason trade and is now a free agent. The Diamondbacks had six other relievers register a save, but only Daniel Hudson and Jake Barrett recorded more than one. Adding Rodney will give the club some stability in the ninth inning.