Get used to seeing Bobby Abreu in left field for the Dodgers.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Juan Rivera has a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring and could be sidelined for up to two months.
The current plan calls for Rivera to be re-evaluated in two weeks, but surgery hasn’t been ruled out. If he ultimately opts for surgery, Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone estimates he would miss six to eight weeks.
Rivera, 33, is hitting .247/.276/.358 with two homers, 13 RBI and a .634 OPS in 87 plate appearances this season. Abreu, Tony Gwynn, Jr. and the recently-promoted Scott Van Skyle figure to split playing time in left field during his absence.
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.