Last season Cory Wade had a 30/8 K/BB ratio and allowed five homers in 39 innings for the Yankees. This season Wade had a 38/8 K/BB ratio and allowed eight homers in 39 innings for the Yankees.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old reliever his ERA jumped from 2.04 to 6.46, thanks largely to his batting average on balls in play jumping from .246 to .328, and today the Yankees designated him for assignment.
That drops him from the 40-man roster and because of both his ugly ERA and injury history Wade may have to settle for a minor-league deal for next season, but his non-ERA numbers suggest he could still be a solid middle reliever for a lot of teams.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.