Cleveland demoted Danny Salazar to Triple-A this morning and manager Terry Francona just announced that they’ll be replacing him in the rotation with another high-upside young right-hander in Trevor Bauer.
Bauer has struggled in the majors, but the former No. 3 overall pick has some of the best raw stuff of any prospect in baseball and pitched very well in a one-start call-up last month. He’s also thrived at Triple-A with a 2.15 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
At some point the Indians obviously want Bauer and Salazar together atop the rotation for many years to come, but in the meantime demoting Salazar for some early rough patches gives them a chance to evaluate Bauer. If he throws strikes, he could stick around this time.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.