A scary moment in the bottom of the sixth inning in Cleveland this afternoon as Rangers starter Andrew Cashner, making his first appearance after two weeks on the disabled, list sawed off Edwin Encarnacion with a fastball. Unfortunately, the part of the bat that got sawed off went flying straight at Cashner, hitting him in the arm.
Cashner went down in obvious pain, but he remained in the game to face one more batter. He was then lifted for a reliever. Thankfully, however, he only has some contusions. X-Rays were negative.
The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.
This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.
Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.