Dallas Braden had his shoulder operated on for the second time in 18 months and the news wasn’t good.
Braden went under the knife for “exploratory” surgery and doctors found a torn rotator cuff, which is a different injury that the torn capsule he had repaired in early 2011.
In fact, A’s trainer Nick Paparesta told Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News that Braden’s rotator cuff was intact when doctors examined him prior to that 2011 procedure “so the assumption is Braden tore his rotator cuff while trying to come back from the first surgery.”
Braden made history in 2010 by throwing a perfect game on Mother’s Day, but he hasn’t pitched since April of 2011 and while no official timetable for his return has been announced yet Braden is unlikely to pitch at all next year even if he can avoid further setbacks. He’s being paid $3.35 million this season, so Oakland is all but guaranteed to non-tender him before another round of arbitration.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.