Via Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun could land on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Manager Ron Roenicke said that Braun “got to make a lot of progress to feel like we’re close to him playing.”
Outfielder Logan Schafer is likely to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday, so Braun could take his place, and the DL stint could be backdated to April 27, the day after the last game in which he played. That would mean Braun could be activated for his club’s weekend series at home against the Yankees, assuming he feels healthy enough to play.
Aside from the oblique injury, Braun had also been hampered by a thumb issue that bothered him even last season. Nevertheless, Braun powered through the pain, posting a .952 OPS with six home runs and 18 RBI in 97 trips to the plate.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.