The Indians have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mets, Ken Rosenthal reports. The Mets received minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan in return, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Bruce cleared revocable waivers last Friday, which means the Mets could pursue a trade with any team as they would before August 1.
Bruce, 30, has had a productive year for the Mets, batting .258/.324/.524 with 29 home runs and 75 RBI in 445 plate appearances. He has battled a minor neck injury recently, but has otherwise stayed healthy all year, so there are no concerns on that front for the Indians.
The Indians’ outfield has been a bit depleted as Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley are both injured currently.
Bruce is owed the remainder of his $13 million salary for 2017 and can become a free agent after the season. The Indians will cover the remaining salary.
Ryan, 22, was selected by the Indians in the 30th round of the 2016 draft. This season with Single-A Lake County, the right-hander posted a 4.79 ERA with a 49/17 K/BB ratio in 41 1/3 innings of relief.
The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.
Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball. Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”
Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.
Albert Pujols had a big night last night, driving in four runs as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-1. Three of those runs came on a three-run homer. That was the 610th home run of Pujols’ career, snapping a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Sammy Sosa. It also made him baseball’s all-time leader for home runs by a player born outside the U.S.
Pujols was aware of the accomplishment, of course, and noted how honored he was after the game:
”It’s pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they’ve gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.”
After Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic, comes Rafael Palmeiro (569); Manny Ramirez (555); David Ortiz (541); Carlos Delgado (473); Jose Canseco (462); Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera (459).