The All-Star break didn’t give Carlos Gonzalez enough time to recover from his sore wrist, so the Rockies brought Dexter Fowler back from the minors a bit earlier than expected Friday.
After a slow start for Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler had hit .385/.489/.615 in his last 10 games. He homered in two of his last three games after going 295 at-bats without one between the majors and minors this season.
The Rockies don’t necessarily want Fowler hitting homers, though: what they want is fewer strikeouts and more singles from him at the top of the order. Fowler scored 27 runs in his 43 games as the Rockies’ leadoff man, but manager Jim Tracy was much more focused on his .238 average and 66 strikeouts in 210 at-bats prior to his demotion.
Gonzalez remains day-to-day after testing his wrist during batting practice Friday. He could be available tonight off the bench as a defensive replacement or pinch-runner.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.
Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.
The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.
Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.
Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.
Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.