Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player.
DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he played just 73 of a possible 324 games because of wrist problems and hit just .235 with a .593 OPS.
General manager Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Johnson have repeatedly stressed the importance of having veterans on the bench as the Nationals try to become contenders, but DeRosa is 36 years old and had his last healthy, productive season in 2008. He’s certainly worth a low-risk flier, but expectations should be pretty modest.
Nathan Eovaldi hasn’t pitched in a month due to right elbow inflammation, but he told Chad Jennings of the Journal News today that he expects to pitch out of the bullpen if the Yankees advance to the ALDS against the Royals.
Eovaldi was originally expected to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today, but the Yankees moved up his timetable after the news that CC Sabathia was checking into alcohol rehab. Instead, he threw 10 pitches in a bullpen session before facing hitters for the first time since his injury.
There isn’t enough time for Eovaldi to get stretched out to start during the ALDS, but he could still play an important role for the Yankees, especially with Adam Warren looking like the most likely option to replace Sabathia in the rotation.
Yadier Molina suffered a mild ligament tear in his left thumb on September 20, but the Cardinals announced Monday that they remain “optimistic” he’ll be on the roster for the upcoming NLDS.
Molina visited a hand specialist Monday and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he’ll have a custom splint built in hopes that he’ll be able to hit and catch. He’s still not 100 percent, but even a limited Molina could be better than the alternative. That would be Tony Cruz in this case.
The Cardinals will meet the winner of Wednesday’s Wild Card game between the Cubs and the Pirates. Game 1 of the NLDS will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis.