Anthony Rizzo has been out since August 26th, and it’s a good bet he’ll be out longer as an MRI taken today revealed a muscle strain in his lower back.
Rizzo hit his 30th homer the same day he tweaked his back. So at least if his season is over he finishes with a round number.
Or maybe that’s not too important.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.
Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.