David DeJesus has compiled 5,164 plate appearances over his 11-year career, but tonight will mark the first time he will bat clean-up as a starting player. He hit clean-up once before, on April 29, 2004 when he replaced Matt Stairs — and struck out — in the ninth inning of a 9-7 loss to the Rangers.
DeJesus has hit six home runs and compiled a .434 slugging percentage thus far in 2013, but it doesn’t make him the unlikeliest clean-up hitter of the year. That honor belongs to Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco, currently sitting on one homer and a .301 slugging percentage. He has taken 26 plate appearances out of the #4 spot over six starts in April.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Padres are working to trade starter Andrew Cashner. He notes that a deal may be consummated before he takes the hill for Tuesday’s start in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers have had reported interest in Cashner.
Cashner is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He missed over three weeks between June 11 and July 2 due to a strained neck.
The right-hander is earning $9.625 million this season and will be eligible for a fourth and final year of arbitration going into 2017.
The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the club activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman had been out since July 7 with a strained rib cage on the left side.
Zimmerman has been inserted in the sixth spot in Tuesday’s lineup against the Indians. The veteran went on the DL with a lackluster .221/.284/.402 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 313 plate appearances.
Clint Robinson and Daniel Murphy split time at first base in Zimmerman’s absence, which allowed Trea Turner to get regular playing time at second base. Turner will play center field on Tuesday night.
The Nationals also activated pitcher Sammy Solis from the disabled list. Solis had been out since July 7 with inflammation in his right knee.