Watch as Nelson Cruz reclaims the major league home run lead from Bryce Harper with this three-run shot to deep left-center field Tuesday evening against Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez …
Rays starter Drew Smyly was diagnosed earlier this month with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and the initial expectation was that he would require season-ending surgery. But there have been some very positive developments along that front …
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, there is growing optimism that Smyly will be able to heal the injury with rest and rehab and could even return to the Rays’ starting rotation later this season. Smyly is scheduled to meet with the Rays’ medical staff on Thursday to formulate a rehab plan.
Smyly had an outstanding 2.70 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings (three starts) this season before suffering the serious left shoulder injury. The 25-year-old southpaw boasts a 1.96 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 65/14 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings since joining the Rays via trade last summer.
From beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune …
Padres place Wil Myers on the DL with left wrist tendinitis, retro to May 11. Recall RHP Cory Mazzoni.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) May 19, 2015
Myers hadn’t appeared in a game since May 10 and the discomfort in his left wrist obviously wasn’t going away. He missed a significant portion of the 2014 season with a stress fracture in his other (right) wrist. Will Venable and Abraham Almonte will draw the majority of starts in center field while Myers is out.
Myers, 24, was batting .291/.340/.493 with five home runs and 19 RBI through 32 games this season.
Back in late March, it was reported that the Dodgers had agreed to a six-year, $62.5 million contract with Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and an $8 million minor league contract with right-hander Pablo Fernandez. But because the two are Cuban defectors, it took a little while for all of the parties involved to sort out the necessary paperwork.
The wait finally ended on Tuesday afternoon, per the Dodgers’ official Twitter account …
Today, #Dodgers announced the signings of Cuban IF Hector Olivera to a 6-year contract & Cuban RHP Pablo Fernandez to a minor league deal.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 19, 2015
Eury de la Rosa, a 25-year-old left-hander, was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Olivera, who will head to extended spring training for a couple of weeks but could join the Dodgers at some point in early-to-mid June. It’s not clear at this point how he’s going to fit on the Los Angeles depth chart, but these things tend to sort themselves out over time. Olivera, 30, was a 323/.407/.505 hitter in 10 seasons with Asvispas de Santiago of Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He can play all around the infield defensively.
Fernandez, a 25-year-old with a well-developed arsenal of pitches, will also head to extended spring training in Arizona before joining one of the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates. He worked primarily as a relief pitcher in his native Cuba, but the Dodgers are expected to try him as a starter first. Fernandez posted a promising 2.83 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings during the 2013-2014 season in Serie Nacional.