The Tigers have acquired utility infielder Erick Aybar from the Braves in exchange for utilityman Mike Aviles and minor league catcher Kade Scivicque, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports.
Aybar, 32, has handled shortstop for the Braves this season after they traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels. He hit .242/.293/.313 with 18 extra-base hits and 26 RBI in 368 plate appearances. As regular shortstop Jose Iglesias was recently placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, Aybar will give the Tigers a reliable shortstop to fill the gap.
Aviles, 35, has played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions for the Indians this season, though he racked up most of his playing time in right field. He compiled a meager .210/.258/.269 triple-slash line across 181 PA.
Both Aybar and Aviles will become free agents after the season.
Scivicque, 23, was selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2015 draft. This season, with High-A Lakeland, he hit .282/.325/.380 with 19 doubles and 41 RBI in 449 PA.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Brantley, who had been dealing with chronic biceps tendinitis in his right shoulder, is expected to make a full recovery in four months.
Brantley had shoulder surgery during the past offseason but suffered several setbacks during his rehab in the late spring and early summer. The hope is that this latest procedure will nip the problem in the bud and allow him to bounce back for a full, healthy 2017 season.
Over 11 games this season, brantley hit .231/.279/.282 with a pair of doubles, seven RBI, and five runs scored in 43 plate appearances. Despite his absence, the Indians have persevered, entering Tuesday’s action 67-49, five games ahead of the Tigers in first place in the AL Central.
Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi had to leave Wednesday’s start, after 12 pitches against the Red Sox, due to discomfort in his right elbow. It turns out that the right-hander has a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon which will require surgery, Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports. Diamond adds that Eovaldi’s flexor tendon was “torn clear off the bone.”
Not only will Eovaldi miss the rest of the 2016 season, he’ll miss most if not all of the 2017 season as well. The 26-year-old had an inconsistent 2016 campaign, putting up a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.
Going forward, the Yankees’ rotation will include Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Chad Green, and Luis Cessa.