It has been more than six weeks since top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras suffered a right high ankle sprain during an awkward slide into second base.
And the injury is still giving him all sorts of trouble.
According to columnist Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Taveras was officially placed back on the disabled list Tuesday evening at Triple-A Memphis due to ongoing ankle discomfort. There is no timetable for his return to the Redbirds’ lineup.
The big-league Cardinals do not have an immediate need in their outfield and seem likely to play it as safe as possible with the 21-year-old potential star. That probably means an extended disabled list stint.
Taveras is hitting .306/.341/.462 with five homers, five steals and 32 RBI in 46 games this year in Memphis. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 23 homers, 10 steals and 94 RBI in 124 games last year at Double-A Springfield.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.