Pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo was involved in a car accident this morning in the Dominican Republic and the Brewers have issued a statement saying he “suffered a separated right shoulder and is currently undergoing further tests.”
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com provides some additional details, reporting that “a truck struck Manzanillo’s Hummer on a highway in La Romana while Manzanillo was on his way to the Brewers’ new baseball academy.”
Manzanillo was added to the 40-man roster two weeks ago after a breakout season between high Single-A and Double-A as a 22-year-old, throwing 62 innings with a 1.75 ERA and 62/26 K/BB ratio.
If the shoulder injury doesn’t set him back significantly Manzanillo could be a bullpen option for the Brewers in the second half and projects as a late-inning reliever with a mid-90s fastball.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.