Jose Abreu survived a scary moment during the White Sox’ 7-3 loss to the Indians on Friday night. Down 4-3 in the seventh inning, Abreu took a pitch off of his left leg and immediately dropped to the ground, requiring the assistance of manager Rick Renteria and head trainer Herm Schneider before he could stand and exit the field. The ball — a 85.5 MPH slider from Cleveland flamethrower Andrew Miller — appeared to strike just below Abreu’s knee.
Luckily for Abreu, the injury appears to be a mild one. While the first baseman was unable to put pressure on his leg after the incident, he was diagnosed with nothing more serious than a bruise following the game. Postgame comments from Renteria indicate that Abreu won’t need an X-ray, as the pitch didn’t come into hard contact with the bone and there was minimal swelling in his leg. He’ll be reevaluated by the team tomorrow, but is expected to be day-to-day barring any unforeseen complications.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.