The Rangers train in Surprise, Arizona. The latest news out of their camp is no surprise, however: starter Andrew Cashner has been shut down because of soreness in his right upper biceps.
This is the second time this spring he has suffered from the malady. The first time he received an MRI but nothing unusual was found. He took a few days off, resumed and here we are again.
Cashner has some decent stuff and, a few years back, looked like a budding frontline starter. He has been injured often in recent years, however, and is increasingly ineffective when he does pitch. He was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA in 28 games last season combined with San Diego and Miami.
The hope was that a move back home to his native Texas would provide a nice change of scenery and a fresh start. So far, however, things are, unfortunately, par for the course for Cashner.
The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.
Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.
Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.