From Jay Greenberg of MLB.com comes word that Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco has experienced renewed back soreness after trying to take batting practice the past two days.
Polanco has been sidelined since July 4 with a bulging disk. He tried to play down the severity of the injury at first, not landing on the disabled list until July 15, but it seems now that he’s coming to grips with the fact that he must rest. The Phillies are said to be doubtful that the 35-year-old will feel well enough to be activated Wednesday, the first day he’s eligible.
“It’s sore,” Polanco said. “It might be just because I hadn’t hit for three days and that’s the reason. I don’t know. I’m not going to hit [Sunday] — let it calm down and see how it feels.”
The 14-year veteran is batting .274/.331/.346 with 11 doubles and four homers in 83 games this season. Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez have been sharing starting duties at the hot corner in his absence.
The Diamondbacks announced on Sunday that the club will call up pitching prospect Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno to start on Monday against the Brewers. He’ll oppose Chase Anderson.
Shipley, 24, was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round — 15th overall — of the 2013 draft. This season, his first at Triple-A, Shipley has compiled a 3.70 ERA with a 77/22 K/BB ratio in 119 1/3 innings.
MLB Pipeline ranks Shipley as the Diamondbacks’ best prospect and 58th overall in baseball. The right-hander throws a fastball that sits in the low-90’s but can reach the mid-90’s. Shipley is also regarded for throwing a change-up and a power curve.
After Sunday’s win against the Angels, the Astros announced that the club is calling up infield prospect Alex Bregman. Danny Worth has been designated for assignment to create room on the roster.
Bregman, 22, is considered the Astros’ best prospect and #18 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. He hit .297/.415/.559 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI with Double-A Corpus Christi before being promoted to Triple-A Fresno. In 18 games with Fresno, Bregman hit .333/.373/.641 with six home runs and 15 RBI.
Bregman doesn’t have an obvious positional opening with the Astros, particularly since the club also signed Yulieski Gourriel. As a result, Bregman played some third base and, recently, left field. So the Astros may have him play at a handful of positions, even giving the middle infield regulars Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa a breather every so often.