The Yankees acquired Twins’ left-hander Jaime Garcia and cash considerations in exchange for minor league right-hander Zack Littell and left-hander Dietrich Enns, the teams announced Sunday. It’s the second trade involving Garcia this month, who was sent from the Braves to the Twins in a trade for right-handed prospect Huascar Ynoa last Monday.
Garcia, 31, is 5-7 in 19 starts for the Braves and Twins this season, toting a 4.29 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 119 2/3 innings. Between the two trades, he made one start for Minnesota on Friday, going 6 2/3 innings with three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts in a winning effort. While he’s expected to slot into a Yankees’ rotation that already features fellow left-handers CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery and Caleb Smith, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the club is still planning to acquire another starter by the deadline, and could pursue Oakland ace Sonny Gray to flesh out their six-man rotation.
Littell, 21, was last seen at Double-A Trenton, where he pitched to a pristine 2.05 ERA, 1.6 Bb/9 and 10.6 SO/9 over his first 44 innings. He was scratched from his last start in advance of the trade and is expected to report to the Twins’ Double-A Chattanooga.
Enns, 26, is a little higher on the minor league ladder. He was working through his second Triple-A stint prior to the trade, and went 1-1 in seven starts with a 2.29 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.5 SO/9 through 39 1/3 innings. The Twins added Enns to the 40-man roster on Sunday and will assign him to Triple-A Rochester.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.