Red Sox infielder/outfielder Brock Holt has not been cleared to return from a concussion suffered during a collision with Dustin Pedroia on August 25.
Holt told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that his condition has improved, but after meeting with doctors he received “good news, but not as good as it could have been.”
It’s unfortunate that Holt’s season is ending on a sour note, because at age 26 he got his first extended playing time in the majors and hit .281 with four homers and a .711 OPS in 106 games.
Some teams celebrate winning a division title by benching all of their regulars the next day, but the Angels have decided to simply bench their starting pitcher.
Jered Weaver has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start against the Mariners, with Wade LeBlanc taking his place, but don’t worry: Weaver is healthy.
Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that the Angels just want to line him up to start Game 1 of the ALDS. And giving Weaver the day off after no doubt celebrating late last night is an added bonus.
It does rob everyone of a good Weaver-Felix Hernandez matchup, sadly.
UPDATE: OK, I take it back: The Angels also benched all of their regulars.
Oliver Perez has made a career-high 65 appearances for the Diamondbacks this season and now they’ve shut down the 32-year-old left-hander with a “dead arm.”
Perez has pitched well in the first season of a two-year, $4.25 million deal, throwing 57 innings with a 2.86 ERA and 70/21 K/BB ratio for his third straight strong campaign following years of struggling as a starter. He had a sub-2.00 ERA before recent problems.
Perez told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic that he’d like to pitch again before the end of the season, but manager Kirk Gibson seems unlikely to give him the ball again, saying:
He’s not hurt. There’s just not much coming out. He’s got a dead arm. He hit a wall.
Perez had back-to-back seasons with an ERA over 6.00 for the Mets and then didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2011, but since returning as a full-time reliever he’s got a combined 3.04 ERA with 168 strikeouts in 139 innings.
It’s not often you see a team’s Opening Day shortstop get claimed off regular, non-revocable waivers in mid-September, but the Twins just lost Pedro Florimon to the Nationals on the waiver wire.
Of course, Florimon lost Minnesota’s shortstop job in April and has spent most of the season at Triple-A, where he hit just .257 with a .717 OPS in 85 games.
Florimon is not a starting-caliber shortstop because he can’t hit, but his defense is good enough to make him a decent utility man at age 27.
During his 1990s run as Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette was known for turning career minor leaguers and waiver wire finds into useful big leaguers and now his success running the Orioles is helped by similar scrap-heap finds.
This year’s biggest find is Steve Pearce, a one-time Pirates top prospect who hit just .234 with a .677 OPS in 246 games for four different teams through age 29.
Duquette and the Orioles claimed Pearce off waivers from the Yankees in late 2012, got some solid work out of him in a part-time role last season, and have watched him turn into an offensive force this year. Pearce homered twice last night as the Orioles clinched their first AL East title in 17 years and he’s now hitting .297 with 20 homers, 25 doubles, and a .936 OPS in 97 games overall.
Among all American League hitters with at least 350 plate appearances this season Pearce ranks ranks fourth in OPS, behind only Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, and Victor Martinez.