Rickie Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Mariners over the winter, but he was designated for assignment this afternoon after struggling in part-time duty.
Weeks, 32, batted just .167/.263/.250 with two home runs and nine RBI over 95 plate appearances while seeing most of his playing time against left-handed pitching. He exclusively played second base in the majors coming into this season, but the Mariners used him as a left fielder and designated hitter. His role has been diminished since the Mark Trumbo deal, so Seattle decided to turn the page.
The Mariners have called up right-hander Danny Farquhar from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Weeks and will go with an eight-man bullpen for the time being.
The Royals just announced that left-hander Jason Vargas is headed back to the disabled list due to a recurrence of a left flexor strain.
Vargas struggled with a 5.26 ERA over his first five starts prior to his first stint on the disabled list in early May. He missed three weeks and posted a 2.25 ERA with an 11/1 K/BB ratio in 16 innings over three starts since returning, but apparently he’s still not feeling right.
Vargas was scheduled to start Sunday against the Cardinals, but Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that Chris Young will move up a day to take his place. Meanwhile, Edinson Volquez will start Monday’s series opener against the Brewers before Joe Blanton will enter the rotation to start Tuesday. It’s worth noting that Yordano Ventura left last night’s start with irritation in his ulnar nerve, but Yost told McCullough that they don’t believe he’ll have to miss a start.
The Royals called up left-hander Brandon Finnegan to take Vargas’ spot on the active roster.
Another encouraging update here on 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, the fan who suffered what was initially described as life-threatening injuries when she was struck in the head by a piece of a broken bat last Friday at Fenway Park.
According to Alec Shirkey of MLB.com, a hospital spokeswoman said that Carpenter was discharged from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on Friday and transferred to a rehabilitation facility. After being listed in serious condition last weekend, Carpenter was upgraded to fair condition on Monday and good condition on Thursday.
Beth Israel neurosurgeon Dr. Efstathios Papavassiliou released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Carpenter’s condition:
“Ms. Carpenter’s recovery so far has been excellent,” Papavassiliou said. “She’s getting stronger every day, and we’ve seen tremendous progress. We’re confident she’s ready to move forward with the next phase of her care.”
Great to hear.
One day after Red Sox manager John Farrell and left-hander Wade Miley had an argument in the dugout, we saw something similar with the Phillies last night. Watch below as reliever Ken Giles got into it with manager Ryne Sandberg and pitching coach Bob McClure:
This was apparently a difference of opinion on strategy in the eighth inning after Giles committed a throwing error which allowed Josh Harrison to move to second base with two outs. He was instructed to intentionally walk Pedro Alvarez in order to pitch to Francisco Cervelli, but was visibly frustrated with the decision. After giving Alvarez the free pass, he walked Cervelli to loaded the bases and went 3-0 on Jordy Mercer before battling back to strike him out. He made a gesture toward the dugout as he was walking off the mound, which set the stage for the confrontation.
According to Nate Barnes of CSNPhilly.com, Sandberg attempted to downplay the incident after the game while also gently saying that Giles was out of line:
“Everything’s taken care of in-house,” Sandberg said. “Everything’s fine.”
But in a 0-0 game, the coaching staff didn’t take too kindly to Giles’ ill-timed antics.
“I do like to have players with emotions,” Sandberg said. “There’s a time and a place and a situation to show that.”
The Phillies ended up losing 1-0 to the Pirates in 13 innings. Giles was unavailable for comment after the marathon game.
The Rangers announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with right-hander Dillon Tate, who was selected No. 4 overall out of UC Santa Barbara in this week’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The first three picks in the draft were shortstops, so Tate was the first pitcher off the board.
According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Tate will receive a bonus of $4.2 million. The pool value for the No. 4 pick was $5,026,500, so the savings will allow the Rangers to spend extra on their other picks.
Tate, 21, checks in at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and possesses a mid-90s fastball. He just converted to a starter as a junior this year, but Baseball America notes that “he has adjusted to the role well, though, establishing a routine and holding his stuff deep into games and the season.”