Not so long ago George Sherrill was one of the best left-handed specialists in baseball, but he missed nearly all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to come back this year.
And today the Royals released him from Triple-A, where Sherrill had a 6.23 ERA and 14 walks in 21.2 innings.
For his nine-year career Sherrill has held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average and as recently as 2011 he had a 3.00 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning, but at age 36 he might be just about done. He did have a good strikeout rate while struggling overall at Triple-A, so maybe someone will give him one last look.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: