Devon Travis aggravated a weeks-long shoulder injury Saturday and after sitting out five straight games the Blue Jays finally decided to place the rookie second baseman on the disabled list.
Travis has been a huge bright spot for Toronto this season, winning the Opening Day job as a 24-year-old and hitting .271 with seven homers and an .839 OPS in 36 games. However, since suffering the initial shoulder injury from a bad hop to the collarbone on April 30 he’s hit just .185 in 14 games.
Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki was called up from Triple-A to take Travis’ spot on the roster, but Steven Tolleson has been filling in at second base.
Right-hander Edward Mujica, whom the A’s recently acquired from the Red Sox, was struck on the hand by a line drive Thursday and suffered a broken right thumb.
Mujica actually managed to pick up the ball and make a throw to first base for the out, but the ball had blood on it from a cut on his hand and he immediately left the game. And now he’s headed to the disabled list.
Mujica fell out of favor in Boston after posting a 4.03 ERA in 75 appearances for the Red Sox since last season, but the A’s picked him up cheaply to fill a less prominent role and he tossed 5.1 scoreless innings before the injury.
UPDATE: According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers say that Arruebarrena has been suspended for the rest of the season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”
4:35 p.m. ET: Back in 2013, under a different front office, the Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million deal.
He played briefly in the majors last season, hitting .195 in 22 games, and his performance in the minors was so disappointing that they dropped him from the 40-man roster this offseason and no team claimed him off waivers.
And now Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that the Dodgers have suspended Arruebarrena indefinitely for undisclosed “disciplinary reasons.”
President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman declined to give any details other than to say there was no violation of MLB rules, but Arruebarrena has not played a game at any level this season. He’s losing out on a $3 million salary for this season as long as he’s suspended, which suggests Arruebarrena and his agent will either eventually put up a fight or they realize he did enough to warrant the significant lost pay.