Enrique Hernandez has begun to take away playing time from the struggling Joc Pederson in recent days, but now the Dodgers will have to make due without him for a while.
After leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with what was termed as left hamstring tightness, Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening. The move says a lot about his status, as rosters are set to expand tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times this evening that Hernandez could be sidelined for “at least” two weeks.
The Dodgers are already missing Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig due to hamstring injuries, so it will be interesting to see if they make a last-minute deal before tonight’s waiver deadline. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could make a run at Alejandro De Aza, who is also drawing interest from the Giants.
Hernandez has been excellent in a super utility role this season, batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 201 plate appearances.
UPDATE: The trade is official. Gomes is a Royal while minor league infielder Luis Valenzuela will be sent to the Braves.
8:44 p.m. ET: We have some more movement with the waiver deadline just three hours away, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have acquired veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Braves. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that the Braves are expected to receive a minor league infielder in return.
Gomes, 34, is batting just .221/.325/.364 with seven home runs and 22 RBI over 83 games this season. However, he’s been much better this month and owns an .878 OPS against left-handed pitching. Just a bonus, he’s well regarded around the league as a clubhouse guy. He should be a useful piece on Ned Yost’s bench.
Hey, and after his performance against the Yankees over the weekend, the Royals could always use him for some mop-up duty, too.
CC Sabathia was shut down earlier this month due to an arthritic condition in his right knee, but he could still have a role in the Yankees’ rotation during the stretch run.
According to Meredith Marakovits of YES Network, Sabathia threw 30 pitches today in his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list. The veteran southpaw slated to throw another one before facing live hitters. Assuming he makes it back to the Yankees this season, general manager Brian Cashman said that the plan is to use him as a starter as opposed to a reliever.
That’s not necessarily a good thing for the Yankees, who enter play tonight 1 1/2 games back of the Blue Jays for first place in the American League East. Sabathia, 35, has struggled to the tune of a 5.27 ERA over 24 starts this season. He has allowed 26 home runs in 138 1/3 innings.