Veteran infielder Geoff Blum hasn’t formally retired from baseball, but that’s probably coming soon. Here’s MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart:
Geoff Blum, who played five years with the Astros in two separate stints with the club, has reached an agreement to join the club’s television broadcast team, a source has told MLB.com.
Blum is expected to be behind the microphone for about 60 games a year this year, filling the role of color analyst when Bill Brown isn’t in the booth.
Blum appeared in only 17 games — and started just five — with the Diamondbacks last season because of a serious left oblique injury.
And he hit .143 with a .336 OPS when he wasn’t on the disabled list.
The California native tallied 990 hits, 99 home runs and 479 RBI over the course of his 14-year major league career. He has big shoes to fill in Houston, where he’ll play a part in replacing fan favorite Jim Deshaies, who took a job in the Cubs’ television broadcast booth earlier this offseason. Blum is 39 years old.
Geoff Blum has spent most of the second season of a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Diamondbacks on the disabled list and just revealed via Twitter that he’s being released:
Pretty classy way to announce your own release, although Diamondbacks fans can be forgiven if they don’t have good feelings about Blum after he hit .195 in 40 games while earning $2.7 million.
Geoff Blum was placed on the disabled list Wednesday after injuring his oblique muscle taking batting practice won’t be returning to the Diamondbacks any time soon.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Blum has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and expects to be sidelined for 4-8 weeks.
Blum, who missed 127 games with injuries last season, described feeling his oblique “pop and tear” mid-swing and at age 38 being out longer than the initial timetable wouldn’t surprise anyone. Arizona will have to make do with only Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald as light-hitting utility men for a while.
Chris Young left yesterday’s game in the fourth inning after slamming his right shoulder into the outfield wall while making a catch and the Diamondbacks have placed the center fielder on the disabled list.
Young underwent an MRI exam this morning, but for now the Diamondbacks are calling the injury a “shoulder contusion.”
Earlier today Arizona called up Triple-A center fielder and 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to replace injured utility man Geoff Blum, and he could get a look filling in for Young if Gerardo Parra is needed subbing for the Diamondbacks’ other banged-up outfielder, Justin Upton.
Young was off to a huge start, hitting .410 with five homers and a 1.397 OPS through 11 games.
Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot.
Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald means the Diamondbacks remain well-stocked with light-hitting veteran utility men.
Pollock’s prospect stock has dropped since he went 17th overall in 2009, but the 24-year-old center fielder was off to a strong start at Triple-A after hitting .307 with minimal power and 36 steals at Double-A last season. Center fielder Chris Young and right fielder Justin Upton are both hurting, so he could see some regular action.