MLB.com’s Dargan Southard has the report …
Rockies manager Walt Weiss didn’t want to put percentages on it, but he said “there’s a chance” that outfielder Corey Dickerson could return this weekend from his plantar fasciitis.
Dickerson is 4-for-11 with an RBI single, a walk, and two runs scored so far in three rehab minor league games spread between High-A Modesto and Triple-A Albuquerque. He will play again with Albuquerque on Wednesday evening and a decision will probably be made on his status after a day of recuperation on Thursday.
Dickerson has appeared in just 38 games this season for the last-place Rockies, though he has managed a cool .843 OPS when active. The 26-year-old had a .931 OPS, 24 homers, and 76 RBI last season.
Alex Rodriguez gave this Kevin Gausman pitch a long ride Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium …
That’s the 20th home run of 2015 for A-Rod, who hadn’t reached 20 homers since 2010, when he finished with 30. Rodriguez has been fantastic for the American League East-leading Yankees in his age-39 season.
Mat Latos and Dan Haren are drawing most of the discussion on the Marlins’ trade block, but Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald notes that right-handed reliever Steve Cishek could also be on the move ahead of the July 31 deadline. And the National League Central-leading Cardinals are interested.
Cishek owns a rough-looking 4.65 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 31 total innings this season and he was stripped of closer duties in May, but the 29-year-old has registered a promising 0.77 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11 2/3 frames since returning June 12 from a short demotion to Double-A Jacksonville.
Cishek, who saved 39 games for the Marlins in 2014 and 34 in 2013, is making $6.65 million this year in his second turn through salary arbitration. He carries two more seasons of arbitration eligibility.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano suffered a sprained right ankle last Saturday in Oakland and hasn’t played since. Or, hadn’t played since. Sano is back in the Minnesota starting lineup on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, batting cleanup and serving as the Twins’ designated hitter in the second game of an important three-game series versus Anaheim.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout also sat out of Tuesday night’s series opener and is also returning to action on Wednesday night.
Sano has batted .326/.434/.558 with two home runs and nine RBI over his first 13 major league games.
The 22-year-old top prospect was promoted from Double-A Chattanooga on July 2.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout missed his first game of the 2015 season on Tuesday night against the Twins because of soreness in his left heel. But he claimed it was only a minor issue and he is back in the starting lineup Wednesday in the second game of a three-game set versus Minnesota.
Trout, 23, is batting .307/.400/.614 with 28 home runs and 57 RBI in 395 plate appearances this season for the American League West-leading Angels. He ranks second in FanGraphs’ version of WAR, only behind 22-year-old Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. The future is now, people.
Trout was named the MVP of last week’s 2015 All-Star Game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park.