Bad news for the Braves’ bullpen:
Jonny, that is.
Venters has been a concern for a while, spending part of last season on the DL with a sore left elbow. He feels like a major injury waiting to happen. Which definitely hurts the Braves’ bullpen. Other options for the roster now, assuming Venters hits the DL: Cristian Martinez and Anthony Varvaro. And of course Eric O’Flaherty and Jordan Walden are still around to set up for Craig Kimbrel. Assuming Walden’s back doesn’t act up.
So, yeah. Ugh.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger, 21, is considered the Dodgers’ best prospect and No. 10 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was hitting .343/.429/.627 with five home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 77 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are dealing with a slew of injuries to their outfielders — most recently losing Joc Pederson to a strained groin — so Bellinger is likely to get regular playing time there.
The Marlins are on the last leg of a nine-game road trip that started in Seattle, took them through San Diego, and now has them in Philadelphia. If the hectic travel schedule weren’t punishing enough, the NFL Draft has heaped some more difficulty onto the Marlins’ trip.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, because the NFL booked all of the hotels in Philadelphia ahead of the draft (which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday), the Marlins have to stay at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
At least the city of Wilmington is welcoming the Marlins with open arms: