Free agent reliever Robbie Ross has a minor-league deal with the White Sox, per a team announcement on Sunday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Ross, 28, last appeared in the majors on a limited eight-game run with the Red Sox in 2017. The southpaw pitched just 15 innings between the big leagues and the minors, but elbow inflammation and back issues cut his season short in August. During his last healthy season in 2016, he pitched to a 3.25 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 9.1 SO/9 in 55 1/3 innings for the club.
Assuming Ross manages to stay off the disabled list in 2018, he could provide some solid left-handed depth for the White Sox’ bullpen. First, however, he’ll have to compete against the team’s plethora of non-roster invitees, including right-handed relievers Jeanmar Gomez, Bruce Rondon and Rob Scahill and lefties Xavier Cedeno, Hector Santiago and T.J. House.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.