The Indians placed second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, MLB.com’s William Kosileski reports. The Indians recalled third baseman Giovanny Urshela from Triple-A Columbus.
Kipnis, 30, suffered the injury running out a ground ball in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the Tigers. He hits the DL batting .232/.292/.402 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 283 plate appearances.
Erik Gonzalez will handle second base while Kipnis is out. Jose Ramirez could also get a start at second base every once in a while. Ramirez has logged over 500 defensive innings at second base in the majors.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.