Joe Nathan’s rough first season in Detroit now includes an elbow injury, as James Schmehl of MLive.com reports that the 39-year-old closer has been unavailable for the past several games due to “elbow tenderness.”
Nathan has a 5.04 ERA and a career-high six blown saves in the first season of a two-year, $20 million deal and his secondary numbers have also shown major signs of decline at age 39. He also apologized after being booed off the mound by Tigers fans and giving the home crowd a chin-flick gesture last month.
Nathan–who had a 2.09 ERA for the Rangers in 2012/2013–is owed $10 million next season, plus a $10 million option or $1 million buyout for 2016.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.
Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.
The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.
Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.