Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed very little information to the media after Kenley Jansen was unavailable last night against the Rockies. Of course, Jansen has a history of heart problems, so this led to all sorts of speculation about his health. Fortunately, he’s just fine.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Jansen is available to pitch for tonight’s game against the Cardinals. He felt sick to his stomach during the game last night and was found to have high blood pressure after being checked by a doctor, so the Dodgers held him out as a precaution. As for why Mattingly didn’t elaborate on his condition after the game, he said he was respecting the player’s wishes. So that explains that.
Jansen got a late start on the season after foot surgery, but he’s been outstanding since rejoining the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing just one hit and no walks over six scoreless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts and five saves.
One day after trading Welington Castillo the Diamondbacks in the Mark Trumbo deal, the Mariners have called up catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma while designating outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment.
Acquired from the Cubs over the winter, Ruggiano is batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances this season. However, he has produced an .823 against left-handed pitchers, which is basically what he was brought in for. Rickie Weeks has been worse in part-time duty, but the Mariners decided to keep him around instead.
The 33-year-old Ruggiano is making a $2.505 million salary this season, but he could draw some interest on the trade front.
Brian McCann was forced to make an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Mariners due to right foot soreness, but the Yankees got some good news today.
According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, McCann is considered day-to-day after an MRI and a CT scan on his foot both came back negative. The 31-year-old backstop originally hurt his foot on May 24 and has been playing through pain since, but apparently it’s nothing serious.
After a strong finish to May, McCann is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight home runs and 33 RBI over 45 games this season. Of course, his value goes beyond what he does at the plate. According to Eno Sarris of FanGraphs, McCann has been the second-best defensive catcher in the game if you include his blocking, framing, and game-calling. Relying on John Ryan Murphy would be a pretty big downgrade, so the Yankees will have to hope that the foot issue doesn’t linger.
Devin Mesoraco hasn’t been able to catch since April 12 due to a left hip impingement and will eventually require surgery, but he hasn’t given up on a return this season.
C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer was told by Reds manager Bryan Price today that Mesoraco is now exploring the possibility of returning as a left fielder. He still needs surgery, but the team is confident he can it after the season and still be ready for the start of 2016. They don’t want to carry him strictly as a pinch-hitter, which is what they did for seven weeks prior to placing him on the disabled list late last month:
“He’s on board. He’s a huge part of it and I do believe that he’s seen a guy in New York as well that did a followup on his MRI results and test results,” Price said of Mesoraco. “So we’re trying to make sure all the bases are covered that if we’re going to do something like this, that we’re doing it with enough time to make sure he’s ready to go on Opening Day 2016 behind the plate.”
Mesoraco still has to get back to hitting before getting some work in the outfield. He’ll then need to get some minor league rehab games under his belt, so a return isn’t necessarily imminent. Still, it’s worth a shot to get his bat in the lineup, especially since Marlon Byrd is now sidelined with a fractured wrist.
After being demoted from the Marlins’ closer role last month, Steve Cishek was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville following Monday’s game.
Cishek saved 91 games for the Marlins between 2011-2014 while posting a 2.70 ERA, but he has an ugly 6.98 ERA and 17/10 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings so far this season. He blew four saves in seven chances before being removed as closer. A.J. Ramos has emerged in the role since.
Cishek’s velocity has bounced back since the start of the season, but it still hasn’t made much of a difference performance-wise. Marlins manager Dan Jennings told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that they’d rather have him work on things in Triple-A.