FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have claimed left-hander Matt Tracy off waivers from the Yankees.
Tracy was called up after last Friday’s 19-inning marathon between the Red Sox and Yankees and allowed three runs on two hits and two walks over two innings in his lone appearance. He was designated for assignment the next day.
The 26-year-old Tracy owns a 3.81 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in the minors, primarily as a starter. He’ll provide some rotation depth in Triple-A at the very least.
Yunel Escobar was forced to exit last night’s game due to a left groin injury and the team announced this morning that he will be sent for an MRI.
Escobar suffered the injury running down the first base line in the fourth inning last night. He’s convinced that it’s not a big deal and that he’ll be ready to go in a couple of days, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that they’ll look at the test results before deciding on a possible disabled list stint.
“He says he feel OK,” manager Matt Williams said. “The results will tell us more, and we’ll be able to make a decision. Right now, we’re just waiting on him having that test.”
The Nationals are already without Anthony Rendon, so their infield depth is being tested in the early part of the season. Danny Espinosa is making the first start of his career at third base today while Dan Uggla is playing second base.
Escobar has been one of the Nationals’ best hitters thus far, batting .286/.362/.405 through 11 games.
Rough news here for the Orioles, as Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been diagnosed with a right PCL injury (a Grade 1 tear) and an MCL sprain.
Schoop was taken out on a slide from Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval last night, but Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun notes that the injury actually happened when he stepped on first base awkwardly later on in the game. No word on the timeline for his return, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is hopeful that he’ll return at some point this season.
Schoop was off to a nice start so far this season, batting .259 (7-for-27) with three home runs and a .940 OPS over nine games. Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera will both start for the Orioles now, but they’ll compete for at-bats at second base once shortstop J.J. Hardy is ready to come off the disabled list.
Reds right-hander Homer Bailey landed on the disabled list at the end of spring training while he completed his rehab from surgery to repair a tear of the flexor tendon in his elbow, but he has been activated to make his season debut this afternoon against the Cardinals.
Bailey, 28, had a 3.71 ERA and 124/45 K/BB ratio in 145 1/3 innings over 22 starts last season prior to having the surgery in September. That wasn’t quite what the Reds were hoping for after giving him a six-year, $105 million extension last February, but he’ll look for some redemption starting today.
The Reds optioned right-hander Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville to clear a spot for Bailey on the active roster.
After dropping back-to-back games to the Mets, the Marlins are now off to a disappointing 3-8 start this season. There’s still a long way to go, but Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com after last night’s loss that he’s not happy with what he’s seeing so far:
“We’re not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like,” Stanton said. “We’ve got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there. The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you’re out there, and it’s game time, it’s just nothing there — it seems like.”
Miami has dropped the first two of four to the red-hot Mets, winners of six straight. After each of Stanton’s first-inning homers, the Mets each night seized momentum in the mid to late innings.
“The game is nine innings,” Stanton said. “It’s not two, three. It doesn’t matter if it’s the fifth through the seventh, or the seventh through the ninth. It’s not two innings, it’s nine. We’re not playing nine.”
The Marlins managed to lock up Stanton to a massive long-term deal over the winter while making some high-profile additions like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse. The offseason activity made them a trendy pick for a Wild Card spot with many pundits, but Latos is off to a rough start and Henderson Alvarez is currently sidelined with shoulder inflammation, so their rotation looks shaky at the moment. Jose Fernandez is due to back at some point later this season, but it’s hard to know what to expect from someone coming back from Tommy John surgery.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Marlins this weekend, as they are slated to face Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey over the next two days.