As announced Sunday on the official Twitter account of the Texas Rangers …
Detwiler began reporting discomfort in his throwing shoulder after his start Thursday against the Royals. He took a loss in that one and stands 0-5 on the season with a brutal 6.95 ERA and 1.87 WHIP through 33 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old southpaw had a strong 3.82 ERA in 471 innings with the Nationals before the offseason trade that sent him to Arlington, Texas for infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel de los Santos. Detwiler is pulling in a $3.45 million salary this season in his final year of arbitration eligibility.
Mets third baseman David Wright landed on the 15-day disabled list in mid-April after suffering a right hamstring strain on a stolen base attempt and then he suffered a minor back injury while rehabbing that hamstring strain. But the 32-year-old is now finally trending in a positive direction …
Mets manager Terry Collins told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York on Sunday morning that Wright feels well enough to resume baseball activities at the club’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It’ll start with a light workout Monday and go from there.
Wright hasn’t done any baseball activity for at least 10 days and he’ll eventually have to head out on a minor league rehab assignment to get his timing right at the plate, so it’s going to be a while before he makes it all the way back to the majors. Eric Campbell and Daniel Murphy have been filling in at the hot corner.
Wright was batting .333/.371/.424 with a homer and four RBI in eight games before these injuries.
From the official Twitter account of the Oakland Athletics …
Davis strained his left quadriceps muscle last Monday while trying to leg out a double and had been limited to a single pinch-hitting appearance over the last six days. Oakland apparently grew tired of playing a man short. The 28-year-old first baseman was off to a decent start with his new team, batting .282/.348/.427 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 33 games. He should be back in action for the A’s around the beginning of June.
Billy Hamilton hit leadoff in all 136 of his starts last season and he had again served as the Reds’ leadoff man in his first 33 starts this season. But that will change in Sunday’s series finale against the Giants.
Hamilton, who’s carrying a .212 batting average and .264 on-base percentage through his first 151 plate appearances this year, has been dumped to the eighth spot in the Reds’ batting order. It’ll be his first time hitting there in his young major league career.
“I just thought it made sense to take a look at getting some of our higher on-base guys at the top of the order,” Reds manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. “Just try to get some guys on base for the middle of the order guys and take a little bit of the load off. There’s this whole thing we’re always saying with Billy, ‘You go, we go.’ It really shouldn’t be that way — when we’re going, it’s because we’re all going. Because we’re all doing what we need to be doing collectively well. I think it’d be really nice to have Billy doing some things down at the bottom, maybe helping set the table for the top of the order.”
Zack Cozart is at leadoff and Brayan Pena is batting second on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati.
Josh Hamilton’s rehab tour continued Saturday evening at Double-A Frisco, where the 33-year-old slugger smacked four singles in five at-bats and drove in one run as the RoughRiders fell 15-14 in a barn-burner against the Astros’ Double-A team.
Hamilton played center field in this one — for a full nine innings — and that could be where he gets regular playing time when he returns to the majors given that Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin has struggled mightily with injuries and ineffectiveness.
Before the game Saturday at Frisco’s Dr. Pepper Ballpark, Hamilton once again addressed his messy departure from the Angels. And he revealed something pretty interesting. Tom Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News has the story …
Hamilton spelled out in no uncertain terms that he tried on a number of occasions over the last two years to speak to [Angels owner Arte Moreno] about his hitting problems and other issues but was repeatedly told by general manager Jerry DiPoto that he would deliver the message.
“I wanted to talk to [Moreno] and tell him, ‘I’m working my butt off and want to be the guy that played against you all these years,’ but I was turned down by the GM and the team president. They said they would let him know,” Hamilton said.
“Same thing after this incident [his offseason relapse] and the [shoulder] surgery. I did what I needed to do to be a responsible man and employee and reach out to him. So my hands are clean.”
It’s a little difficult to entirely buy the “my hands are clean” part, but shame on Moreno if he truly refused to have a conversation with Hamilton. How does that help the lack of mutual trust? It only grows it.
Hamilton will play another game at Double-A Frisco on Sunday and then head to Triple-A Round Rock for games Tuesday and Wednesday. He could re-debut for the Rangers on Friday at Yankee Stadium.