Mitchell Boggs has already been through a lot this season, going from setup man to closer to Triple-A to setup man again, and now he’ll try to pitch the final two months with a bulging disk in his lower back.
Boggs told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that doctors advised him to “do a couple more exercises and make sure everything stays strong and stays straight back there.”
He also admitted that the back injury has bothered him since last season and caused him to miss some time during spring training, forcing him to receive a cortisone injection.
All of which makes his 3.16 ERA and 38/14 K/BB ratio in 43 innings even more impressive. Beefing up the bullpen at the trade deadline could make it easier for the Cardinals to ease up on Boggs’ workload, but manager Tony La Russa told Goold: “He’s good to go. As long as he does those exercises religiously, he should be OK.”
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.