Last week Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported that former MLB Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr could be a candidate to step back into his old role due to current MLBPA chief Michael Weiner’s declining health.
Weiner spoke to a collection of Baseball Writers Association of America members today and did so while in a wheelchair, but made it very clear that Fehr isn’t in the picture: “I would not expect that Don will work again at the Players’ Association and I don’t think Don expects that.”
However, Weiner did confirm that the MLBPA is working on a contingency plan for his possible replacement as he continues to battle cancer. It just won’t be Fehr, who currently heads the NHL union.
The Indians announced on Wednesday that second baseman Jason Kipnis has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Infielder Erik Gonzalez was called up from Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis, 30, has been bothered by the hamstring for the last two months. He had to be pulled from Tuesday’s game with renewed tightness. The veteran is hitting .228/.285/.409 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 335 plate appearances on the season.
Gonzalez, 25, has a .263/.272/.400 triple-slash line in 82 PA in the majors this season. He provides versatility for the Indians as he’s played second base, third base, shortstop, and both corner outfield positions as a member of the Tribe.
The Red Sox placed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained thumb this afternoon.
Bradley’s left thumb got bent back awkwardly as he slid into home plate on Tuesday night in Cleveland. X-rays came back negative, but an MRI taken Wednesday morning in Boston revealed the sprain. It’s unclear at this point how long he might be sidelined.
Bradley is hitting .262/.343/.432 with 14 homers and 54 runs batted in on the season. Andrew Benintendi is likely to take over in center field for Bradley, with Chris Young and Brock Holt sharing time in left.