Drew Smyly and the “mushier and mushier” blister from hell

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If you were watching last night’s Tigers-Reds game on ESPN you saw Detroit starter Drew Smyly exit after three innings and then show off a huge blood blister on his left middle finger to everyone in the dugout.

It looked pretty gross and afterward manager Jim Leyland described it as “the worst one I’d ever seen in my life.”

Smyly told Jason Beck of MLB.com how the blister from hell came to be:

I had a mini-cut from my last start, but it wasn’t a blister or anything. So I had some type of stuff on it to keep it safe. It was holding all the blood in, so it was getting mushy. So every pitch, it was getting mushier and mushier, and it started going down my finger.

Lovely.

Smyly indicated that he expects to make his next start Saturday versus the Rockies, but obviously it wouldn’t be shocking if the 22-year-old rookie is not able to do so and maybe even needs a disabled list stint to let the blister heal.

Also, our word of the day is: Mushy.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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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.