David Price has been pitching fantastically since coming over to the Blue Jays. He’s so giddy that he didn’t even mind the drug test MLB gave him on Saturday:
One of my favorite things is the low murmur around baseball about how MLB tests guys who are playing well more than they test other guys. I’ve never seen any data to back this up and it’s antithetical to the entire drug testing regime, but I think a lot of people, players included, believe it.
Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have signed pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both will report to Triple-A Omaha.
Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Blue Jays on Friday. They had signed him to a minor league deal 11 days after the Tigers released him in July, but he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in five innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He put up a 4.09 ERA with a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings at the major league level with the Tigers.
Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Rangers on August 4 after compiling a 4.90 ERA with a 72/36 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings.
As announced late Saturday night by the Rays’ official Twitter account, left-hander Drew Smyly has been activated from the disabled list and will start Sunday in Tampa Bay’s series finale against the Rangers. Kirby Yates was optioned to Triple-A Durham to clear out a 25-man roster spot.
Smyly has been sidelined since the first week of May with a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 26-year-old southpaw had a 2.70 ERA in three starts before the injury and boasts a 1.96 ERA in 10 total appearances (64 1/3 innings) since joining the Rays in last summer’s David Price trade.
Smyly is under contractual control with Tampa Bay through the 2018 season.
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has, without question, one of the strongest and most accurate throwing arms in baseball. He’s made a number of memorable throws since debuting in the majors in 2012, but he hadn’t shown it off with his new club until Saturday night against the Pirates.
In a 3-3 game with out one out in the ninth, Pirates batter Sean Rodriguez ripped a fly ball into the gap in left-center at Citi Field. Cespedes overran it, which prompted Rodriguez to attempt to wheel around second base towards third base. That was a mistake. Cespedes fired a perfect one-hop strike to Juan Uribe at third base to nail Rodriguez for his first outfield assist as a Met. If Rodriguez had been safe, the Pirates would have had the go-ahead run only 90 feet away with one out.
Cespedes has 10 outfield assists on the year, counting his time with the Tigers. His career-high is 16 set last season between the Athletics and Red Sox.
As MLive.com’s James Schmehl details, Tigers catcher James McCann suspects Royals outfielder Alex Rios is stealing signs. Rios was hit by a Bruce Rondon pitch in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. He advanced to second base when Rondon walked Infante.
McCann then went to visit Rondon on the mound and stared Rios down, to make him aware that he was being watched in the event he was stealing signs.
“Was he doing it? I have my suspicions,” McCann said. “No one will ever know except for him. But I do know he wasn’t able to relay them beyond that trip to the mound.”
“I just stared at him. Not knowing if he was really doing it or not,” said McCann, who didn’t directly accuse Rios of stealing signs. “But my job is to make sure it didn’t continue if it was happening.”
Rondon wound up getting the next two outs without issue, getting the save for the Tigers.
McCann was in the news a week ago for a dust-up with teammate Jose Iglesias. He felt Iglesias gave up too soon on a ground ball.