Boston’s Ryan Sweeney injures hand while punching door


Just when Boston’s season couldn’t get any stupider…

Ryan Sweeney left Monday’s game after punching a door in frustration and will undergo X-rays on his left hand on Tuesday.

Sweeney was a trade candidate for the Red Sox, and though no deal was believed close, they were still discussing him with teams, including the Reds, according to’s Sean McAdam. He’s hit .260/.303/.373 in 204 at-bats for Boston this season.

If Sweeney is diagnosed with a break, there’s a good chance the Red Sox will refuse to pay him while he’s out. He’s making $1.75 million this season.

A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.