The move is official, via beat writer Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe …
Craig went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays, dropping his season slash line to .135/.237/.192. Since last year’s trade that sent him from St. Louis to Boston, the 30-year-old outfielder is batting .130/.235/.192 with 53 strikeouts in 166 plate appearances. This from a guy who ranked among the most productive hitters in baseball between 2011-2013. Craig really hasn’t been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury while running the bases in late 2013. And the Red Sox still owe him $26.5 million.
Joe Kelly, the other piece from that trade with the Cardinals, walked seven batters and surrendered six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in Toronto. He has a 6.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in six outings this year. John Lackey, meanwhile, boasts a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in six starts for St. Louis. On a $507,000 salary.
Yasiel Puig reaggravated his left hamstring strain Friday while running to first base in a rehab game at High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Dodgers hope to find out Sunday how big of a setback it will be.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, the 24-year-old outfielder is due to undergo an MRI on the hamstring Sunday in Los Angeles.
“Obviously, everybody thought we were getting close to (activating him from the DL) Monday. That’s not going to happen,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday. “We’ll just kind of find out from the testing where we’re at. Then do what we have to do.”
Andre Ethier will continue to act as the primary right fielder for the Dodgers, who are 19-10.
Cubs backup catcher David Ross was called on to pitch the final inning of Saturday night’s 12-4 loss to the Brewers, and he retired all three batters he faced. Here’s the third out …
For all the position player talent streaming into the north side of Chicago, the pitching staff has a combined 4.38 ERA. And the bullpen’s combined ERA is 4.52. Probably not gonna cut it in a tough division.
More terrible news for A’s starter Jarrod Parker.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Saturday night — or, more accurately, early Sunday morning — that the 26-year-old right-hander has been diagnosed with a fractured medial epicondyle in his pitching elbow. That’s the bone where one end of his Tommy John surgery graft is attached. Surgery is said to be imminent, and it could very well be another Tommy John procedure.
Parker suffered the fracture Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville. It was his fourth minor league rehab outing, and he was maybe a week or two from returning to the A’s starting rotation after missing all of 2014 following his second Tommy John surgery.
Parker was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft out of an Indiana high school and had registered a promising 3.68 ERA and 1.237 WHIP over his first 384 major league innings. What a shame.
The hottest team in MLB is … the Minnesota Twins?
Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and three runs scored Saturday as the Twins collected their fourth straight victory with a 7-4 defeat of the host Indians. Minnesota has now won nine of its last 10 and will carry a surprising 18-13 record into Sunday’s series finale at Progressive Park in Cleveland.
Regression is probably coming, but the Twins did have five prospects in Baseball America’s latest Top 100: Byron Buxton (No. 2), Miguel Sano (No. 13), Jose Berrios (No. 36), Nick Gordon (No. 61), Alex Meyer (No. 62). Buxton has been on a tear at Double-A Chattanooga and Sano has long been considered one of the premier young sluggers in the minors.
Hope, for a franchise and a fanbase that has suffered through four consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Orioles 6, Yankees 2
Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7
Royals 6, Tigers 2
Braves 6, Nationals 8
Twins 7, Indians 4
Reds 10, White Sox 4 (Game 1)
Rangers 2, Rays 7
Mets 3, Phillies 2
Cardinals 5, Pirates 7
Cubs 4, Brewers 12
Reds 2, White Sox 8 (Game 2)
Astros 6, Angels 5
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4 (12 innings)
Marlins 6, Giants 2
Athletics 2, Mariners 7