Astros right fielder George Springer made a stellar catch on Tuesday night against the right-field wall at Minute Maid Park, but he looked dazed afterward and is now being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, per the team’s Twitter account.
Preston Tucker has been promoted from Triple-A Fresno to give Houston some needed outfield depth and shortstop Jed Lowrie has been shifted from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Tucker. Lowrie will be out until after the All-Star break with a thumb injury.
Concussions come with a range of severities and recovery timetables, so it’s not worth speculating when Springer might be back. The 25-year-old former first-round pick carried big-time hype into 2015 after tallying 20 home runs and 51 RBI in 78 games last season as a rookie. Springer is batting just .192/.311/.374 in 27 games this season, though he does have four home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 14 runs scored.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.
Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.
Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.
Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”