Last week the Marlins were said to be “aggressively trying to move” Ricky Nolasco and several reports pegged the Dodgers as the favorites to land him … and not much has changed.
Nolasco is Miami’s scheduled starter tonight and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that “the Marlins have been actively shopping Nolasco and a deal could possibly get done prior to first pitch.” As for the Dodgers, according to Frisaro they still “appear to be the frontrunner among more than a half-dozen teams.”
At this point everyone seems fully convinced that Nolasco will be traded before July 31 and the sooner the Marlins unload him the more money they can save from his $11.5 million contract. Or, put another way: Every start Nolasco makes costs the Marlins about $350,000. Last time out they got five innings of six-run ball for that money.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.
Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.
Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.
Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.
The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.