Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez was only supposed to miss a couple of games as a result of his sprained left shoulder, but the absences have continued to pile up and the Fish were forced to make an unfortunate decision late Wednesday night.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Ramirez was placed on the disabled list after Wednesday’s 6-2 loss to the Braves. The move was made retroactive to August 3, so the 27-year-old will be eligible to return around this time next week.
Ramirez is batting just .243/.333/.379 with 10 home runs, 16 doubles, zero triples, 45 RBI and 20 stolen bases through 385 plate appearances this season. He’s been caught stealing a whopping 10 times.
Emilio Bonifacio will continue handling the shortstop position while Hanley recovers.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.