Arizona’s Heath Bell escaped Skip Schumaker’s leadoff double to earn a save, his second in two nights, in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Dodgers. Afterwards, he had a little heart to heart with mom:
Well, of course not, because once you learn the secret to retiring Skip Schumaker, you’ve got it made.
Mom is right about one thing, though: Schumaker is now 5-for-9 with four doubles against Bell. The only other pitcher Schumaker has as many doubles against is Ryan Dempster, and he’s faced Dempster 56 times. His double tonight was just his second extra-base hit in 54 at-bats this season, and it raised his average from .135 to .151.
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.