Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts helped his team take a commanding 7-0 lead in the fourth inning against the Phillies on Saturday, clearing the bases and coming around to score on what should have been only a double, but turned out to be a Little League grand slam.
Bogaerts slashed an Alec Asher offering down the right field line. Right fielder Aaron Altherr corralled the ball and hit cutoff man Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez fired a weak throw to catcher Carlos Ruiz, bouncing off of him and into foul territory. Betts, at third base, used the opportunity to scamper home. Bogaerts was credited with a double and three RBI, advancing to third base on the relay throw home and scoring on Hernandez’s throwing error.
David Ortiz followed up with a solo home run, his 30th of the season and the 496th of his career.
Maikel Franco’s chances of playing again this season took a hit today, as the Phillies rookie third baseman felt soreness in his fractured left wrist while attempting to take batting practice.
Franco is about four weeks into his recovery from the injury and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies “will slow him down.” Playing again in late September hasn’t been ruled out, but it’s not looking likely at this point.
Franco has had a fantastic rookie season, hitting .277 with 13 homers and an .830 OPS in 77 games at age 22. He’s one of the Phillies’ few bright spots this year and looks like a long-term building block.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Saturday that Phillies starter Aaron Harang cleared waivers. As a result, any team desperate for back-end rotation help can try and negotiate a trade with the Phillies.
Harang, 37, has had a tough 2015 campaign, currently holding a 4.79 ERA with an 86/42 K/BB ratio across 139 innings. He spent a few weeks on the disabled list between the beginning and end of July due to plantar fasciitis. The right-hander is owed the remainder of his $5 million salary for the 2015 season and will become a free agent after the season.
Left-hander Cesar Jimenez, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies, has been claimed off waivers by the Brewers.
Jimenez is a 30-year-old journeyman reliever, so it’s a low-wattage move, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers may be looking to trade setup man Neal Cotts and, if that happens, they could view Jimenez as a southpaw bullpen fill-in.
Jimenez has a 4.15 ERA in 85 career innings as a big leaguer and has also spent parts of 10 seasons (yes, 10 seasons) at Triple-A posting a 3.85 ERA.
Right-hander Trevor Cahill, who opted out of a minor-league deal with the Dodgers last week to become a free agent, has agreed to another minor-league deal with the Cubs.
Cahill is now on his fourth team this year–he was also traded by the Diamondbacks and released by the Braves–and hasn’t had success in the majors since 2013. He also struggled at Triple-A for the Dodgers, posting a 6.28 ERA and 17/14 K/BB ratio in 29 innings.
He’s still just 27 years old and the former All-Star is still getting paid by the Diamondbacks as part of a $30 million contract extension gone bad, but Cahill looks like mostly organizational depth at this point.