Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar is headed to the disabled list with a sore right shoulder, which he originally injured while making a throw to first base on June 24.
Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Escobar tried to avoid the DL by showing the Rays’ coaching staff he could make the necessary throws during a pregame workout Monday, but manager Joe Maddon determined that his arm strength was lacking.
Escobar was acquired from the Marlins (via the Blue Jays) in December of 2012 and then, after a solid first season in Tampa Bay, signed a two-year, $13 million contract extension during the first week of this season. He’s had a poor first half, batting .244 with four homers and a .650 OPS that’s 80 points below his career mark, and his usually stellar defensive numbers have dipped significantly.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.