Braves manager Brian Snitker wouldn’t rule out demoting struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to the minor leagues, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Snitker said, “For right now, I think he’s OK. If you go down, it’s not the end of the world. Some guys fight through it here.”
Swanson, 23, is not in Monday night’s starting lineup. He’s batting .220/.297/.321 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 343 plate appearances this season. He had a good showing in 38 games last year, which led to him opening the season as the starting shortstop.
The Braves acquired Swanson in December 2015 from the Diamondbacks in the Shelby Miller trade that also brought back Ender Inciarte and Aaron Blair.
While Swanson is still in the majors for now, it appears he’ll be sharing time at shortstop with Johan Camargo, who has an .863 OPS in 118 PA thus far. The Braves also activated Sean Rodriguez from the disabled list. Rodriguez could see the occasional start at shortstop 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.