The Rays announced on Tuesday evening that the club acquired outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Hazelbaker on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred José De León to the 60-day disabled list. Hazelbaker will report to Triple-A Durham.
Hazelbaker, 30, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Troy Scribner. Hazelbaker hit .133 during spring training and failed to make the club’s Opening Day roster. He was productive off the bench last year for the D-Backs, batting .346/.443/.577 in 61 plate appearances.
For the Rays, Hazelbaker will serve as outfield depth. The Rays’ outfield is already spoken for, but Hazelbaker could come up in the event of an injury.
Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.
Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.
That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.