Colorado has designated Drew Stubbs for assignment, cutting the $5.8 million outfielder loose after he hit just .216 with five homers and a .717 OPS in 51 games.
Stubbs has largely been a disappointment throughout his career, struggling to make enough consistent contact to put his 20-homer power and 30-steal speed to good use. However, he had a nice 2014 season for the Rockies as a part-time player, hitting .289 with 15 homers, 20 steals, and a career-high .821 OPS in 132 games to convince them he was worth keeping around for $5.8 million via arbitration.
Because he’s still owed about $1.5 million Stubbs figures to pass through waivers unclaimed, but once the Rockies release him there should be some interest from teams viewing him as a decent backup option.
Drew Stubbs is making $5.8 million this season and hasn’t played in the minors regularly since 2009, but the Rockies have demoted the 30-year-old outfielder to Triple-A.
Stubbs had a nice season in a significant role for the Rockies in 2014, hitting .289 with 15 homers and an .821 OPS after three straight seasons with an OPS below .700. However, he’s been a mess this year while hitting .118 with 31 strikeouts in 56 plate appearances.
To replace Stubbs on the roster Colorado called up 29-year-old outfielder Brandon Barnes, who appeared in 132 games for the Rockies last season while hitting .257 with eight homers and a .718 OPS.
Kenley Jansen made his season debut last night against the Rockies after returning from left foot surgery and he didn’t need much time to shake the rust.
Jansen tied a major league record by striking out four batters in one inning. Carlos Gonzalez struck out swinging to begin the eighth inning, but he ended up on first base after the ball got away from catcher Yasmani Grandal. Jansen then struck out Nick Hundley, Drew Stubbs, and D.J. LeMahieu (all swinging) to accomplish the feat. He needed just 14 pitches to get through the inning.
Jansen is the 74th pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning and the first since Oliver Perez last September. You can see the full list here. Here’s the video of Jansen’s inning:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to ease Jansen into things by having him pitch the eighth inning, but it’s safe to say that he’ll be closing games again really soon.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw each achieved a career strikeout milestone on Sunday.
Hernandez, with a fifth-inning strikeout of Sam Fuld, moved to 2,000 over his 11-year career. He’s the eighth pitcher in baseball history to join the 2,000-strikeout club before his 30th birthday, according to Baseball Reference. Hernandez entered the start a perfect 5-0 on the season with a 1.73 ERA and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.
Kershaw, with a third-inning strikeout of Drew Stubbs, moved to 1,500 over his eight-year career. He’s one of 12 pitchers to rack up 1,500 strikeouts before his 28th birthday, per Baseball Reference. The lefty hasn’t quite had the results he’s looking for, owning a 1-2 record with a 3.73 ERA and a 51/7 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was a late scratch from Monday’s series opener against the Padres due to soreness in his left wrist and left fielder Corey Dickerson had to exit in the fourth inning after experiencing a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Now they are both absent from the Colorado starting lineup on Tuesday night.
Rafael Ynoa will handle the hot corner and bat ninth versus Padres righty Brandon Morrow. Charlie Blackmon is in left field. Drew Stubbs is in center.
Arenado and Dickerson, who’ve combined for five home runs, 20 RBI, and 18 runs scored in 10 games this season, are both expected to return Wednesday.
Colorado is off to a 7-6 start this season, tied for third in the National League West.