Indians manager Terry Francona continues to undergo tests at the Cleveland Clinic in the wake of a series of episodes in which he has experienced dizziness and an elevated heart rate.
While he continues to be absent from Indians games, he may also have to miss the All-Star Game next week, which he is slated to manage thanks to the Indians winning the pennant last year. At the moment it is unclear when he’ll be discharged. Indians president Chris Antonetti told reporters yesterday that Francona will miss “at least a couple more days.”
Brad Mills has been managing the Tribe in Francona’s absence. It’s not clear who will manage the AL All-Star team if Francona cannot. Francona had previously named the entire Indians coaching staff to the All-Star Game, but Rays manager Kevin Cash — a former Indians coach and friend of Francona’s — is on the staff as well.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.