Lorenzo Cain crashed into the outfield wall to make an excellent running catch against the White Sox this afternoon, but it takes a pretty incredible play for it not to be the best catch of the day. Take it away, Adam Eaton…
Straight out of the Jim Edmonds playbook.
Eaton’s catch is good enough on its own, but the reaction of Mike Moustakas is a nice little bonus. A good day for center fielders in Kansas City.
After being designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier this week, reliever Ryan Webb was dealt to the Dodgers today in a four-player trade.
Webb was sent to Los Angeles along with minor league catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance pick (No. 74 overall in this year’s draft). Meanwhile, right-hander Ben Rowen and minor league catcher Chris O’Brien were sent to Baltimore.
The Dodgers will cover Webb’s $2.75 million salary for this season. The 29-year-old had a 3.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings in 2014 and is useful depth to have around for a bullpen which has been in some flux due to injuries.
Rowen, who is coming off thoracic outlet surgery, made his major league debut with the Rangers last season and owns a 1.72 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 over five seasons in the majors. The 26-year-old sidearmer has been compared to Darren O’Day, so you can understand why the Orioles would like him.
UPDATE: According to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, Mejia will undergo an MRI in New York tomorrow.
8:22 p.m. ET: Bobby Parnell blew a save on Opening Day last year and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery within days. One year later, the Mets have more questions at closer.
According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Jenrry Mejia was unavailable to close today against the Nationals due to right elbow stiffness. He was warming up in the top of the ninth inning before coming down with discomfort, so Mets manager Terry Collins was forced to go with Jerry Blevins to begin the bottom of the frame. 37-year-old Buddy Carlyle got the final two outs for the first save of his career.
There are no immediate plans to send Mejia for tests, but DiComo writes that he’ll likely go for an MRI if he still feels pain tomorrow. Mets manager Terry Collins indicated that Jeurys Familia is the favorite to fill in at closer.
Mejia, 25, had a 3.65 ERA with 28 saves and a 98/41 K/BB ratio across 92 2/3 innings last season. He previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2011.
Things got a little tense in Monday’s Opening Day matchup between the White Sox and Royals. After Jeff Samardzija gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the fifth inning, he hit Lorenzo Cain with the very next pitch. You can watch the play here.
Some words were exchanged between Cain and Samardzija, but order was quickly restored. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Cain told reporters after the game that he thought it was intentional:
“I gave him a look,” Cain told Kansas City reporters. “I wasn’t sure if he hit me on purpose or not. But once he told me to get down, I was sure he hit me on purpose. It’s straight to the point. He hit me on purpose. But beating him the way we did today, it definitely makes up for that.”
Samardzija denied that it was intentional, but it’s not like he would come clean if it was. As Cain said, it didn’t matter much anyway, as the Royals did their talking with the bat and won 10-1.
Yankees prospect right-hander Ty Hensley can’t seem to catch a break. After being the victim of a brutal beating over the offseason, the 21-year-old told Alexis Brudnicki of Baseball America that he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery last week.
Hensley needed surgery to repair facial damage after the beating in December, but he reported to Yankees camp healthy. However, he experienced forearm tightness during his first two spring training outings and an MRI confirmed the unfortunate news.
Hensley’s bad luck actually dates back to when he drafted in the first round by the Yankees in 2012. He had his bonus adjusted from $1.6 million to $1.2 million due to abnormalities in his right shoulder. He then missed all of 2013 and part of 2014 following surgery on both of his hips. For someone who has had setback after setback, he seems to have a good perspective on things:
“As far as one thing after the other, with the whole hip surgery thing and my ab surgery—call it what you want, but I call that a fluke because, it’s just weird,” Hensley said. “Now this on the other hand, it’s an elbow injury. I know it takes time and I’m going to have to learn how to throw again, but I’m confident.
“I’ve gone through some stuff and gotten through it already so at the end it’s going to be no big deal. I’m going to get through it just fine and I’m going to throw harder, my stuff is going to be better, and I’ll be stronger and better for it.”
Here’s hoping 2016 is the start of something good for him.