Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn have started a trend, as Yankees backup infielder Ramiro Pena has joined them in undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the middle of the season.
George King of the New York Post reports that Pena is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after having the surgery early this morning in Tampa Bay, but Dunn returned to the lineup after just six days and Holliday missed only nine days.
Obviously the White Sox and Cardinals had more motivation to rush middle-of-the-order hitters back than the Yankees will with a utility man, although New York is short-handed already with Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.
Brandon Laird will be called up from Triple-A to replace Pena on the roster and figures to split time at third base with Eduardo Nunez.
The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders on the 40-man roster. The right-hander has had a rough go of it in 66 innings in the majors, owning a 6.68 ERA and a 62/14 K/BB ratio. That ratio shows there’s some potential there and the Marlins will have about five years to try and discover it.
Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley. It’s a major league deal worth $2 million.
Hundley, who is 33, but who seems like he’s been in the bigs for about 27 years, hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season. Obviously he will be the backup given the presence of Buster Posey.