Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that the Red Sox and Cubs will not discuss compensation for Theo Epstein until at least after Tuesday. That’s the day each team will hold a press conference, the Cubs to introduce Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the Red Sox to announce the promotion of Ben Cherington to the GM chair.
Only after that, McAdam reports, will the two teams resume compensation negotiations. And even then, they’ll only have a few days to come to some sort of agreement, as Bud Selig has given the clubs a November 1 deadline to figure it out. If they haven’t by then, Selig will mediate the matter. And given how little tolerance Selig has for nonsense and acrimony between ballclubs, it’s probably safe to ream the word “mediate” as “unilaterally impose a settlement and order everyone to move on.”
Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis has an avulsion fracture in his right hand, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. As Piecoro explains, an avulsion fracture is when a ligament comes off of the bone and pulls fragments of bone with it.
Mathis is likely done for the season, but he wants to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan, per Piecoro. He suffered the injury on Monday when he was hit in the hand with a foul tip.
Mathis, 34, hit an uninspiring .213/.276/.322 in 200 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks, but was a plus defensively. Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann will handle catching duties with Mathis out for at least a while.
The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that first baseman Cody Bellinger and starter Alex Wood were placed on the 10-day disabled list. Bellinger has a sprained right ankle and Wood is dealing with left SC joint inflammation. To take their spots on the roster, the Dodgers recalled pitchers Brock Stewart and Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Bellinger, 22, has had an outstanding rookie season, batting .274/.356/.612 with 34 home runs and 79 RBI in 419 plate appearances. Fortunately, the Dodgers just got Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, so their first base situation is already handled.
Wood, 26, has had a career year. He’s 14-1 with a 2.41 ERA and a 127/30 K/BB ratio over 123 1/3 innings. He’s been successful despite his velocity declining more and more with every passing month this season. The Dodgers’ rotation is already in disarray, so losing Wood hurts even more. On the bright side, Clayton Kershaw should be returning from the disabled list soon.