Major League Baseball Trade Rumors is reporting that the Braves are going to release John Danks.
I forgot they even signed the guy, and I root for the dang team.
Danks was on a minor league deal and was not projected to factor into the Braves rotation plans, especially given the signings of R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon, who are more likely to more ably fill the “veteran innings eater” role than Danks could’ve. With Julio Teheran, Jaime Garcia and hard-throwing prospect Mike Foltynewicz, there wasn’t any room for the guy.
Danks struggled in his first four starts with the White Sox this past season before being released in mid-May. He owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts since the start of the 2012 season and has been bothered by shoulder issues for years. He says he doesn’t want to pitch in the minors, so it may be a tall order for him to find employment, at least until some pitchers start falling victim to injuries as the season begins.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.