Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez took an Ozzie Albies knee to his right eye while diving head first into second base in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves yesterday. He left the game in the third inning due to blurred vision.
Baez was examined at a Chicago hospital afterward. No concussion symptoms were initially reported, and the blurred vision was attributable to eye issues, not brain issues. That could certainly change, however, as sometimes blows to the head can lead to delayed symptoms and diagnosis. Baez was expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. His status going forward, however, is uncertain.
Baez is hitting .271/.315/.489 with 21 homers and 67 RBI on the year. He’s been playing mostly shortstop of late with Addison Russel on the shelf.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.