Ishikawa tears ligaments 'slipping on a staircase'

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Travis Ishikawa showed up at Giants camp today wearing a protective boot on his left foot before revealing to reporters that he tore ligaments in his big toe three weeks ago from “slipping on a staircase.”
Ishikawa was able to take batting practice while wearing the boot and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that surgery is merely a “longshot possibility” at this point. However, if Ishikawa does need to go under the knife he’d likely be sidelined for about three months.
Ishikawa is a defensive whiz at first base, but hasn’t shown much offensively and will be fighting for a bench job after the Giants signed Aubrey Huff last month. He was expected to get some outfield reps in an attempt to improve his versatility in a reserve role, but obviously those plans have been put on hold.

Dodgers, Reds discussing a Yasiel Puig trade

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Here’s a rumor from yesterday afternoon that sort of fell through the cracks, but it’s fun enough to think about for a few moments: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Reds have had “multiple” trade discussions involving Yasiel Puig.

Puig is a potential trade candidate, either (a) because he’s “disgruntled,” according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times last week; or (b) because the Dodgers want to clear salary and roster spots in order to sign a big-name player, according to Rosenthal here. Many people suspect that the Dodgers are going to make a run at Bryce Harper, for example, and if that’s the case they’d no doubt want to open up right field for him.

It seems questionable that any Reds-Dodgers talks would get a ton of traction, especially given that Rosenthal reports that there’s a possibility of the Dodgers taking on Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and the $28 million he’s still owed in order to get some talent back from the Reds in a trade. That would seem to defeat the purpose of unloading Puig’s salary, but this is the sort of things we all talk about now given that the league has, more or less, a defacto salary cap imposed by the Competitive Balance Tax.