Author: D.J. Short

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Phil Coke throws against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Cubs to designate reliever Phil Coke for assignment


The Cubs are set to designate left-handed reliever Phil Coke for assignment, reports Jesse Rogers of

The move is expected to be made official tomorrow. Carrie Muskat of writes that left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will take Coke’s place on the active roster. The Cubs are also expected to option right-hander Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa and call up outfielder Junior Lake.

And so, the Cubs will end up paying $2.25 million to Coke for a 6.30 ERA over 16 appearances. For that kind of money, the Cubs could have bought the world a coke. Sorry, I promise I won’t make any more “Mad Men” references this evening.

Video: Carlos Gomez hits leadoff home run one day after beaning

Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez points skyward as he approaches home plate after his solo home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein during the first inning of an interleague baseball game, Monday, May 18, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Mets after he was hit in the helmet by a 97 mph fastball from rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard, but fortunately he didn’t suffer any concussion symptoms and was cleared to return to the lineup tonight against the Tigers. It’s safe to say that he’s feeling good:

That’s really nice to see.

Dodgers prospect Julio Urias will miss a month after eye surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias signs a ball for a fan during the team's first pitchers and catchers workout Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Dodgers prospect left-hander Julio Urias has emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in the game at the age of 18, posting a 2.53 ERA over his first 178 innings in pro ball, but Ken Gurnick of reports that he’s expected to miss a month due to cosmetic surgery on his left eye.

Urias had a tumor removed from his eye as a child, but it left him with a droopy eyelid. It hasn’t affected his ability to pitch and the upcoming surgery is considered elective. The expectation is that he’ll be back in game action by the end of June.

Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler said the organization supports Urias’ decision and were watching his workload anyway. This midseason break will allow him to pitch later into the season and perhaps leaves a September call-up on the table.

Ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the game by Baseball America over the winter, Urias has posted a 3.00 ERA and 46/9 K/BB ratio in 36 innings over his first seven starts with Double-A Tulsa this season. Pretty special stuff at his age.

Ben Zobrist set to begin minor league rehab assignment

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The Athletics have cleared Ben Zobrist to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with High-A Stockton, just three weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

According to Joe Stiglich of, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said last night that Zobrist is expected to play five innings at second base during his first game action. He was given a 4-6 week recovery timetable after surgery, but it sounds like he has a good chance to make it back sooner than originally anticipated.

Zobrist, who was acquired from the Rays over the winter, was batting .240 (12-for-50) with one home run and eight RBI over 14 games prior to surgery.

Jarrod Parker to have elbow surgery Tuesday

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 28:  Pitcher Jarrod Parker #11 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during the spring training photo day at HoHoKam Stadium on February 28, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Athletics were hoping to have right-hander Jarrod Parker back in their rotation later this month, but that all changed when he recently suffered a fractured medial epicondyle in his pitching elbow. Now he’s scheduled to have surgery tomorrow.

According to Jane Lee of, the good news is that the Athletics don’t anticipate that he’ll need a third Tommy John surgery. However, it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to pitch again. Parker is trying to look on the bright side of things after his unfortunate setback:

Parker, who missed all of last season, owns a 3.68 ERA over his first 62 starts in the majors. He turns 27 in November.