Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez went down last month with shoulder inflammation, but Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that he’ll be activated from the disabled list to make his return Sunday against the Braves.
Alvarez was Miami’s Opening Day starter this season and allowed six runs in 12 innings over his first two starts prior to being placed on the disabled list. There were some concerns about his elbow in addition to his shoulder, but fortunately for the Marlins, the issue turned out to be minor. The 25-year-old was cleared to return after striking out five batters over six scoreless innings Tuesday in his lone minor league rehab start with High-A Jupiter.
Tom Koehler has been serving as the team’s fifth starter, but Alvarez’s return is expected to push him into a bullpen role.
We’ve heard a ton of speculation this week regarding Troy Tulowitzki’s future with the Rockies. The team’s recent losing streak has been a big part of it, but there was also a report in the New York Post this week which stated that Tulowitzki was set to meet with his agent to discuss whether to ask the team for a trade. The All-Star shortstop said Thursday that he doesn’t plan to force his way out of Colorado and that the decision is in the team’s hands, but Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post yesterday that he mostly sees the situation as a “media production.”
“What’s gone on the last few days, especially the last 72 hours, really has a been a media production, more than anything else,” Bridich said. “It started with a couple of articles coming out of the East Coast — MLB.com and another one on NewYorkPost.com. Since then, it’s really been mostly a media production.”
Given where the Rockies stand, it’s only natural that Tulowitzki will be floated as a trade possibility, especially with several teams in need of an upgrade at shortstop. The Mets figure prominently in that. However, this specific situation wasn’t completely manufactured. Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, was quoted in that New York Post piece and said that it would be “silly” to think that a trade isn’t a possibility and that it “doesn’t take a rocket scientist” to understand why the topic is heating up. That’s the kind of stuff that gets people talking.
Speculation aside, Bridich said that Tulowitzki “doesn’t have control of this and neither does his agent.” So if they want to keep him, they will. That appears to be the plan for now. Of course, a trade could be rendered moot if Tulowitzki can’t stay healthy. He left last night’s game with left quadriceps tightness and is considered day-to-day.
Tigers right-hander Shane Greene was forced to exit last night’s start against the Cardinals after five innings due to mild ulnar neuritis in his elbow, which is inflammation of the ulnar nerve in the arm. According to Anthony Fenech of Detroit Free Press, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Greene was sent for an MRI today.
Greene was feeling some tingling in his throwing hand on Friday, but Ausmus said there was no tingling or pain today. That’s a good sign, but more should be known soon. Greene previously had Tommy John surgery in 2008 when he was in college.
Acquired from the Yankees in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade over the winter, the 26-year-old Greene owns a 4.21 ERA and 28/13 K/BB ratio in 47 innings over eight starts this season.
According to Michael McKnight of SI.com, former major leaguer Milton Bradley will begin serving a 32-month jail sentence for a conviction related to multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse. He was originally sentenced in June of 2013, but remained free until this week due to the appeal process.
Monique Bradley, Bradley’s wife for eight years, was the victim. She died in September of 2013 (three months after the trial) due to cirrhosis of the liver. As part of his defense at the trial, Bradley argued that the charges were part of a scheme for her to win custody of their two children and get a larger divorce settlement. He was given sole custody of the children after her death.
In a hearing on Monday, Bradley’s attorney tried to get the charges overturned so that he could continue to take care of the children. When given an opportunity to speak in front of the court, Bradley vehemently denied any wrong-doing and accused his late wife of alcoholism despite saying the opposite in the original trial.
“Ray Rice slaps the hell out of a woman, you know. I didn’t do that. I’m not Ray Rice. Greg Hardy beats up a woman. I didn’t do that. You know what I’m saying? It’s obvious to everyone this is a complete farce. This woman is an alcoholic. She drank every single day.”
This argument wasn’t well received by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson, who said, “The fact that you’re saying things like that is, to me, not a good sign.”
Monique Bradley’s parents are expected to seek custody of the two children.
You can read more about Bradley’s history of domestic violence in this piece from McKnight and L. Jon Wertheim. It’s a very tough read, but an important one.
The Phillies announced this morning that they have acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Orioles for cash considerations. He’s expected to report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Nix was batting just .167/.190/.198 across his first 100 plate appearances with the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate this season. The 32-year-old had stints with the Phillies, Pirates, and Royals last season while hitting just .120 with one home run and a .325 OPS over 91 games. He’s a .212/.282/.345 hitter in the majors and hasn’t been anything close to a productive player for a few years now.
At this point, Nix is just infield depth to have around in the minors.