Not satisfied with adding Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to the bullpen at the July 31 trade deadline the Rangers have pulled off another deal for a veteran reliever, acquiring Michael Gonzalez from the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Gonzalez had a brutal April, but the 33-year-old left-hander recovered to throw 41 innings with a 3.07 ERA and 42/14 K/BB ratio in his last 42 outings.
Texas has completely rebuilt the bullpen in front of closer Neftali Feliz, with a deep and potentially dominant setup corps of Adams and Uehara from the right side and Gonzalez and Darren Oliver (2.29 ERA in 44 innings) from the left side. And they also have Mark Lowe and Yoshinori Tateyama, who would both be working high-leverage innings for a lot of other teams.
In a lesser move, Texas also reacquired catcher Matt Treanor from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash. He’ll join the roster as a third catcher along with Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba.
ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.
A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.
Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.
Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.
The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.
The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.
The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.