According to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league contract. This confirms a report by Augusto Cardenas out of Venezuela, who says the deal includes an opt-out on July 5 if he’s not added to the major league roster.
Chacin was just granted his release by the Indians this week. The 27-year-old has pitched exclusively at the Triple-A level this season, posting a 3.21 ERA with a 25/15 K/BB ratio in 42 innings over seven starts. The Diamondbacks plan to have him pitch at Triple-A Reno for now.
Chacin was once a highly-regarded prospect with the Rockies and had a 3.58 ERA for the club between 2010-2013, but he was limited to just 11 starts last season due to a shoulder problem and Colorado gave up on him this spring.
Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray went into last night’s start 3-0 against the Angels this season and appeared well on his way to another victory after holding them to two runs over his first six innings of work. However, things completely fell apart in the seventh inning.
Holding a 7-2 lead, Gray walked back-to-back batters to begin the frame before Matt Joyce delivered an RBI single and Chris Iannetta followed with a single to load the bases. Athletics manager Bob Melvin then brought in Drew Pomeranz, who walked pinch-hitter Daniel Robertson to force in a run before getting Kole Calhoun to strike out swinging. After Edward Mujica replaced Pomeranz, Mike Trout reached on an error thanks to Ben Zobrist which plated another run and set the stage for Albert Pujols to give the Angels the lead:
That was a rocket. The Angels ended up scoring eight runs in the inning and won 12-7. Quite the turn of events.
By the way, Pujols leads the American League with 20 home runs. He has 12 in his last 21 games.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Tigers 2, Yankees 7
Pirates 1, Nationals 4
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 5
Cardinals 12, Phillies 4
Cubs 2, Twins 7
Rays 4, Indians 1
Marlins 0, Reds 5
Rangers 2, White Sox 1
Mets 1, Braves 2
Brewers 9, Rockies 5
Red Sox 7, Royals 3
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 4
Angels 12, Athletics 7
Astros 2, Mariners 5
Giants 9, Dodgers 5
The Twins have released outfielder Jordan Schafer, who has been out since mid-May with a knee injury.
After a strong finish with the Twins last season, Schafer began this season as the team’s center fielder, but he struggled to the tune of a .217/.250/.261 batting line over 74 plate appearances and went 0-for-3 in stolen base attempts prior to going on the disabled list with a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Surgery wasn’t necessary, but he had yet to go out on a minor league rehab assignment.
Schafer’s presence was fairly redundant for Minnesota, as Byron Buxton recently took over as the starting center fielder while Shane Robinson is in place as a backup and Aaron Hicks should eventually return from a forearm injury. There probably wouldn’t be room for him when healthy and the Twins will need a 40-man roster spot when Ervin Santana returns from his PED suspension in a couple of weeks, so it made sense to just cut him loose.
A former highly-regarded prospect with the Braves, the 29-year-old Schafer is a .228/.308/.307 hitter over 463 games in the majors.
UPDATE: Nationals manager Matt Williams said after tonight’s game that Harper was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated tomorrow, so we should have more clarity on the situation soon. It looked like a potentially-serious knee injury at first, so this is really good news under the circumstances.
9:26 p.m. ET: Troubling news here for the Nationals, as outfielder Bryce Harper was forced to exit tonight’s game in the top of the sixth inning with an apparent injury to his left knee.
Harper appeared to slip when he was making a throw from right field and his knee buckled in the process. It’s worth noting that there was a brief rain delay during tonight’s game, so the teams were playing on wet grass. You can watch the play here.
Harper was down on the ground for a couple of minutes before walking off the field under his own power. We’ll pass along an update when it’s made available, but hopefully it’s nothing serious. Harper previously had surgery in October of 2013 to repair the bursa sac in his left knee.
Harper has put up MVP-type numbers this season at the age of 22, batting .344/.476/.720 with 22 home runs and 53 RBI.
UPDATE: 3,000 hits will likely have to wait until tomorrow. Rodriguez came up second in the bottom of the eighth inning and was walked on four straight inside pitches by Sam Dyson, who clearly didn’t want any part of history. The disappointed fans at Yankee Stadium are letting him hear it.
9:19 p.m. ET: With his first chance at 3,000 hits, Rodriguez just lined out to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning. He could get another at-bat tonight.
8:50 p.m. ET: Rodriguez singled to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning, so he’s now just one hit away from 3,000. He should get at least one more at-bat tonight. Stay tuned.
7:34 p.m. ET: After entering tonight’s game with 2,997 career hits, Alex Rodriguez just drove in Brett Gardner with an RBI single off Mat Latos in the first inning to give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead over the Marlins. He’s now just two hits away from becoming the 29th player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits.
Including tonight, the Yankees will play their next seven games at Yankee Stadium, so there’s a good chance he’ll reach the milestone at home. We’ll pass along updates as it happens.
Rodriguez’s former teammate, Derek Jeter, was the last player in MLB to reach 3,000 hits. He got there on July 9, 2011.