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White Sox to release Derek Holland


The White Sox announced that they have placed lefty Derek Holland on waivers with the intention of giving him his outright release.

Holland signed with the White Sox in December, and Chicago was likely hoping he’d have a nice first half after which he could be flipped to a contender at the deadline. That plan looked pretty good early on as Holland went 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA in the season’s first month and, by the end of May, was still sporting a 2.37 ERA. Since June hit, however,  e’s posted an unspeakably bad 9.32 ERA and has allowed 23 homers in 19 games, 16 of which were starts.

There was no future for him in Chicago, either as a starter or in the pen. Now his big league future is up in the air too. I suspect he’ll be signing a minor league deal this winter and will have to pitch his way on to a roster in spring training.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.