Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres have given right-hander Jered Weaver “latitude to explore some things.” Weaver has been out of commission since late May after suffering a bout of hip inflammation, and gave up three runs and five hits during a singular rehab start in Triple-A El Paso last month. There’s currently no timetable for his return, however, and Lin speculates that he might not return to pitch for the Padres at any level this year.
It’s not difficult to see why the team might be ready to cut ties with Weaver. The 34-year-old righty wasn’t looking so hot before he succumbed to his hip injury, going 0-5 in nine starts and dragging a 7.44 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 42 1/3 innings in 2017. He hasn’t posted a sub-4.00 ERA since his 2014 run with the Angels, likely due in part to the time he spent rehabbing another bout of hip inflammation and tight nerves in his neck.
According to comments made by club manager Andy Green on Saturday, Weaver is in San Diego “working on his health,” though a career comeback is starting to seem unlikely at this point. The right-hander is owed $3 million through the 2017 season after signing a one-year contract with the Padres in February.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.