Cleveland signed Brett Myers as a starter this offseason after the right-hander spent last season as a full-time reliever and now he might be moving back to the bullpen. Whenever he gets healthy, that is.
Myers is on the disabled list with an elbow injury and recently had to put his minor-league rehab assignment on hold following a setback.
Terry Francona told Mark Emery of MLB.com that the Indians still view Myers as a starter, but added: “I guess if it ever got to the point where we thought he could handle being a reliever, maybe that’s something we would look at, just out of common sense.”
Pitching one inning at a time might help Myers stay healthy, but beyond that he was getting knocked around as a starter before being shut down. Myers has had success in both roles during his career, shifting pretty seamlessly back and forth, so it may simply come down to how confident the Indians feel in Scott Kazmir and Corey Kluber.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.