Trevor Bauer struggled to throw strikes in his four-start debut with the Diamondbacks earlier this season before heading back to Triple-A and any plans to potentially recall him from the minors have been canceled.
There was some talk last month that Bauer could rejoin the Diamondbacks for a late-season start or two once the Triple-A playoffs were over, but instead they’ll avoid adding to his current workload of 163 innings.
Bauer walked seven batters in his final Triple-A start and struggled in the Triple-A playoffs overall, but manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that wasn’t a factor.
Piecoro has a lot of interesting quotes from Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers regarding Bauer’s future in Arizona, which will almost surely involve the 21-year-old former No. 3 overall pick competing for a full-time rotation spot next spring.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout sprained his left thumb and had to leave Sunday’s game against the Marlins. He underwent an X-ray, which revealed no fracture, but he is set to have an MRI on Monday for further evaluation, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Trout went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. The reigning AL MVP is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Needless to say, losing him for any amount of time would be a devastating loss for the Angels, who are 26-27 and tied for second place in the AL West.
The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015 for Chase Utley. The Phillies sent him back to the Dodgers this past offseason with Darin Ruf in exchange for Howie Kendrick.
Sweeney, 26, made his major league debut in 2015 with the Phillies, hitting a meager .176/.286/.353 in 98 plate appearances. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, he hit .227/.290/.412 in 131 PA. While Sweeney’s bat hasn’t proven to be anything special, he has played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions, so his flexibility will make him useful at some point.