UPDATE: Even before Hanrahan’s meeting with Dr. James Andrews the Red Sox are placing him on the 60-day disabled list, which means no matter what the exam finds he won’t be eligible to pitch again until July. It’s an unusual move, at least timing-wise, and certainly suggests the Red Sox think he’s seriously injured.
On the disabled list with a strained right forearm, Red Sox right-hander Joel Hanrahan is scheduled to be examined further by Dr. James Andrews on Friday.
That’s obviously not a good sign and Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Hanrahan is worried the injury is “more serious than originally thought” because his elbow remains “bruised and badly discolored.”
Hanrahan’s medical info has also been sent to Dr. David Altchek, who frequently performs Tommy John surgery on pitchers as well. For now at least the initial MRI exam revealed no structural damage.
This is Hanrahan’s second disabled list stint in six weeks, but the first was due to a hamstring injury. In between he’s thrown 7.1 innings with a 9.82 ERA and more walks (6) than strikeouts (5).
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.