It’s been over a month since Mariano tore his ACL while shagging fly balls. Because of a blood clot in the same leg, however, his surgery had been delayed indefinitely. But now the clot has been taken care of and his surgery is on for next Tuesday.
Rivera, who vowed “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I’m not going out like this,” is out for the year, but assuming the surgery goes off without complications, he should be ready and at full speed next spring.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.