Edward Mujica entered this season as the Red Sox’s fallback plan at closer behind Koji Uehara, but 11 appearances later the 31-year-old right-hander has been designated for assignment.
Mujica wasn’t terrible, posting a 4.61 ERA and 8/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, but when combined with his underwhelming performance for Boston last season and declining raw stuff the Red Sox decided to cut bait on a pitcher owed $4.75 million as part of a two-year, $9 million deal.
Mujica posted some great strikeout-to-walk ratios and ERAs early in his career with the Padres, Marlins, and Cardinals, but he hasn’t topped 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings since 2011 and looks like a middle reliever at this point.
He’ll almost surely pass through waivers unclaimed.
Right-hander Jordan Walden was initially placed on the disabled list earlier this week with biceps inflammation, but now the Cardinals have announced that he’ll miss 6-10 weeks with a strained/torn shoulder muscle.
Acquired from the Braves as part of the Jason Heyward trade this offseason, Walden posted a 0.87 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio in 10 innings for the Cardinals. He has a 3.00 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings for his 243-appearance career along with a mid-90s fastball, so it’s a tough loss for St. Louis’ bullpen.
Coco Crisp is back from the disabled list after missing five weeks following elbow surgery and to make room for him on the roster the A’s demoted Craig Gentry to Triple-A.
Crisp, who was moved from center field to left field before the surgery, is in the lineup there tonight and leading off against the Twins in what will be his season debut.
Gentry is 31 years old, has been a regular in the majors since 2012, and hasn’t seen significant action in the minors since 2011, but he has a minor-league option remaining and got off to a brutal 3-for-35 (.086) start. He’ll be back in Oakland at some point this season, whenever the A’s decide they need his speed and defense again.
An aside: A friend of mine has a huge crush on Gentry, to the point that she calls him “kitten face” on a regular basis. We’re going to the A’s-Twins game tonight and the roster move to demote Gentry was announced three hours before we left for Target Field. Baseball can be a cruel game, for players hitting .086 and for people who call players hitting .086 “kitten face.”