Houston is sending away another veteran, trading left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to Tampa Bay for cash considerations.
Wright was the longest-tenured Astro, debuting in 2008 as a Rule 5 pick and appearing in a total of 286 games with a 4.44 ERA. He’s been a pretty solid setup man since the beginning of last season, throwing 94 innings with a 3.56 ERA and 94/33 K/BB ratio, so it’s surprising that the Rays were able to acquire the 28-year-old for cash.
Now that Wright is gone Erik Bedard is the only player on the entire Astros’ roster making more than $500,000 and even he’s bargain-priced at $1.5 million.
Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.
Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.
Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.
Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.