Micah Johnson has been the White Sox’s starting second baseman all season after winning the job out of spring training as a 24-year-old rookie, but now they’ve demoted him back to Triple-A.
Johnson showed little power and struggled at times defensively, but he also hit .270 with a .333 on-base percentage. And really the White Sox shouldn’t have expected a whole lot of production considering that Johnson posted a measly .684 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio seems like the best bet to replace Johnson as the primary second baseman and the White Sox are also expected to call up Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A.
Luke Scott, last seen in the majors with the Rays in 2013, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays according to Chris Cotillo of SBNation.
Scott slugged 20-plus homers in three straight seasons for the Orioles from 2008-2010, but now he’s 37 years old and spent last season playing in Korea. He did well there, posting a .900 OPS with power, but got kicked off the team for having an altercation with a coach.
Scott had been playing in the Mexican League before signing with the Blue Jays. He’d probably be limited to platooning at designated hitter, but Scott might have a little gas left in the tank. More likely is that he’ll simply help beef up the Triple-A lineup.
Milwaukee figures to be without shortstop Jean Segura for a while, placing him on the disabled list with a fractured pinkie finger on his throwing hand.
Segura was off to a slow start, hitting .262 with two homers and a .679 OPS in 33 games, although that actually represents a step up from his poor production last season.
Light-hitting journeyman Hector Gomez was the in-house option to replace Segura at shortstop, so the Brewers have called up 21-year-old prospect Luis Sardinas to fill in the position. He was acquired from the Rangers this offseason in the Yovani Gallardo trade and has some long-term upside, but Sardinas doesn’t appear to be ready for the majors after posting a sub-.700 OPS at Triple-A.