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.