Rays infielder Sean Rodriguez, who was sent down to Triple-A Durham earlier this month, is sidelined with a fractured right hand after punching a locker in frustration following Sunday’s Bulls game, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
“Definitely the dumbest thing I’ve ever done,”” Rodriguez told Topkin. Rodriguez was involved in an altercation with a teammate before the incident took place.
The break isn’t severe, so Rodriguez hopes to be back playing in a week. The Rays were planning on calling him up on Sept. 1, but that’s off the table for now. He does figure to rejoin the team once healthy.
The 27-year-old Rodriguez hit .215/.278/.330 with six homers in 297 at-bats before his demotion.
Rodriguez is at least the third 40-man roster player to suffer a break by punching something in the dugout or clubhouse, joining Indians reliever Nick Hagadone and Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney. Then Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez missed some time in July after hurting his hand punching a cooling fan in the dugout.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.