Orioles southpaw Wei-Yin Chen threw eight innings of shutout ball Monday night against the Phillies, dropping his season ERA to 2.89. But the O’s optioned Chen to High-A Frederick on Tuesday afternoon, citing general fatigue, because they wanted to avoid pitching him this weekend against the Blue Jays, who have been mashing at historic rates against left-handed pitching. Chen isn’t taking this demotion lightly and went on his personal Twitter account Tuesday evening to publicly express his frustration. We’ve screenshotted the tweets in case he decides (or is asked) to delete them …
Chen pitched close to 200 innings last year between the regular season and the playoffs, so there’s no real reason for the O’s to be limiting his workload. It’s easy to understand why the native of Taiwan is upset.
Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth inning, slugged a solo shot in the seventh inning, and then ripped an RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday in Boston’s 9-4 rout of the visiting Atlanta Braves. A cycle.
Holt is the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin did it on June 6, 1996. And he’s the first player to hit for the cycle against the Braves since Keith Hernandez did so on July 4, 1985.
Holt was leading off and starting at second base for the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. The 27-year-old has appeared at seven different positions this season while batting .309/.400/.454 with 15 RBI and 20 runs scored in 176 plate appearances.
Brock Holt’s wife Lakyn seemed pleased with Tuesday’s effort …
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a flexor strain in his right elbow, but he tossed six scoreless innings in his second rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg and he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue. The next time he pitches, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, will be Thursday in the Nationals’ series finale against the Rays.
Fister had an ugly-looking 4.31 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over his first seven starts this season, but he was likely pitching hurt in his last outing on May 14, when the Padres torched him for seven runs in two innings.
The 31-year-old posted a 2.41 ERA and 1.079 WHIP in 164 innings last season for Washington.
Check out this all-out diving grab that Sean Rodriguez made Sunday afternoon at PNC Park …
From Kyle Brostowitz of the Nationals’ team site …
The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Trea Turner from the San Diego Padres on Sunday, completing the Dec. 18, 2014 three-team trade in which Washington acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a Player to be Named from the Padres. In exchange, the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and Minor League left-handed pitcher Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Turner had to be labeled a PTBNL and couldn’t immediately move into the Nationals’ system because he was a first-round draft pick of the Padres in 2014. “We’re happy to complete this trade and add an exceptional talent to our fold,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “From the outset, this was a complex deal, but we thought it was one that would better our organization for the present as well as the long term. That’s always our goal. We look forward to getting Trea into our Minor League system.”
Turner, 21, has hit .322/.397/.458 with 10 home runs and 34 steals in 127 career minor league games.