White Sox leadoff man Alejandro De Aza was threatening to go the whole year without grounding into a double play, but his long streak ended in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.
With Gordon Beckham on first and the White Sox down by two, De Aza hit a grounder to second and the Indians managed to turn two despite De Aza’s hustle down the line. The Indians went on to win 4-3.
Before that grounder, De Aza had 570 plate appearances this season without a GIDP. Baseball-reference has double play data since 1939 and only two players have ever had more plate appearances in a year without ever grounding into a double play. Houston’s Craig Biggio went an incredible 744 plate appearances in 1997 without ever hitting into one. The Tigers’ Dick McAuliffe is No. 2 on the list. He had 658 plate appearances in 1968.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.