Esmil Rogers’ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday.
Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday.
A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the Rockies, but he walked 18 and amassed an 8.06 ERA in the process. Last year, he had a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances.
Still, Rogers’ right arm is tantalizing, which is why the Rockies stuck with him for so long. He’s averaged 96.1 mph with his fastball this year, making him one of the game’s hardest throwers. If he can start getting ahead with his heater and tighten up his slider some, he could yet become an excellent reliever.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.