Jose Abreu had not appeared in a game for the White Sox since making an early exit last Friday night with lingering irritation in his right index finger. But he is starting at DH and batting third in his return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Abreu has dealt with the finger injury on and off for much of the 2015 campaign and it may continue to bother him for the rest of the summer. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 46 games this season after batting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games last season. He was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.
Quite a splash here for the early-June market …
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Mariners — who were just swept at home by the Yankees — have acquired slugger Mark Trumbo and left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks in exchange for catcher Welington Castillo, right-hander Dominic Leone, middle infielder Jack Reinheimer, and outfielder Gabby Guerrero.
The six-player swap has been confirmed by the Diamondbacks, who needed to clear a spot in their outfield for Yasmany Tomas with third baseman Jake Lamb due back next week from a foot injury.
Trumbo adds some more power to a Mariners lineup that has greatly underperformed in 2015. The 29-year-old had registered a .506 slugging percentage with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games this season for Arizona, though that has come alongside a weak .259 batting average and .299 on-base percentage.
Trumbo is a somewhat overrated player — the dingers can blind you — but it’s not like the Mariners gave up much to get him. Castillo was an expendable catcher and Leone has struggled mightily this year at the major league level. The two prospects in the deal — Reinheimer and Guerrero — are not of the top-100 variety. Of note, perhaps: Guerrero’s uncle is Vladimir Guerrero. Gabby has had a rough year at Double-A.
Trumbo is making $6.9 million this season and he’s arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2016.
MLB.com shares this highlight reel from Masahiro Tanaka’s first start since April 23 …
Tanaka allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings, striking out nine Seattle hitters. He probably could have gone the distance — his final pitch count was just 78 — but you can understand why Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to play it safe. Tanaka missed five weeks with a right forearm strain and tendinitis in his right wrist. And the Japanese hurler also still has a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
From the official Twitter account of the Cincinnati Reds …
Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist on Tuesday night when he was struck by a pitch. He’s had previous fractures in that same area, and the Reds are still determining how much time he might miss. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker will presumably share the playing time in left field for Cincinnati going forward.
Byrd got off to a sluggish start this season, but he was sporting a .953 OPS in 105 plate appearances since the beginning of May. The 37-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Phillies over the offseason for right-hander Ben Lively. Byrd is earning $8 million this season and carries an $8 million option for 2016.
Some positive news here for the Diamondbacks …
According to television play-by-play man Steve Berthiaume, third baseman Jake Lamb has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Triple-A Reno Aces. Lamb has been out since April 21 with a left foot injury — he progressed much slower than expected — so the rehab assignment figures to last over a week.
Lamb was off to a tremendous start before the injury, batting .414/.514/.690 with one home run, four doubles, and nine RBI in 10 games.
The 24-year-old should be back in action for Arizona around the middle of June.