Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Memphis, more than two weeks after he suffered a right ankle injury while sliding hard into the second base bag.
Taveras has been able to jog lightly and perform some low-intensity agility drills, but the soreness in his ankle remains and the Memphis Redbirds didn’t want to play a man short for any longer. The talented 20-year-old should be cleared for live action soon.
Taveras was batting .317/.351/.480 with four homers, eight doubles and 20 RBI through his first 31 games this season at the Triple-A level. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 23 homers, 37 doubles and 94 RBI in 124 games last year for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.
Taveras should make his way up to the major leagues at some point later this summer.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.