According to Austin Laymance of MLB.com, Mark Ellis suffered a right quad strain in last night’s win over the Brewers. The 35-year-old hurt himself while trying to leg out an infield single in the fifth inning.
Ellis is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the severity, but it sounds like Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is prepared for an extended absence.
“He kind of seemed to be optimistic, but we’ll just have to see,” manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers beat the Brewers, 7-5. “Usually guys don’t come out of the game like that and it not be something. I want to be optimistic, but usually you see a guy come out and kind of pull up like that, it’s usually something that’s not going to be a day or two.”
Ellis is off to a hot start this season, hitting .342 (25-for-73) with two home runs, two doubles and 11 RBI in 20 games. Nick Punto replaced Ellis at second base last night, but Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Skip Schumaker are among the other options to fill in.
The Phillies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.
Saunders was an All-Star in 2016 due to his wonderful start, but he cratered in the second half of the season. Overall is numbers looked good — he hit 24 homers and posted a line of .253/.338/.478, but his second half line was .178/.282/.357 in 58 games. He’s not the best defender around either.
The Phillies could use him, however, and if he has another red hot first half, there’s a decent chance they could flip him if they wanted to.
It was first reported that the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista were close to a deal last night. Now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is near completion. It will likely a two-year contract in the $35-40 million range.
Bautista had a tough 2016, hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, and some clubs likely considered a long-term deal for the 36-year-old too risky, this leading to the relative lack of reported interest in Bautista by other clubs. But back-to-back ALCS appearances by the Jays and the success and popularity Bautista has experienced in Toronto make his re-signing there a pretty sensible move for all involved.
The Jays, who already lost Edwin Encarnacion to free agency, get their slugger back on a short term deal. Unlike anyone else, they don’t have to give up the draft pick attached to him via the qualifying offer. Bautista, in turn, will make, on average, more than he would’ve made on the qualifying offer if he would’ve accepted it and a raise over the $14 million he made in 2016.