Free agent outfielder Geoff Jenkins hinted Saturday to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he’s likely to retire if he isn’t offered a contract soon.
“There were some calls (in the spring) but they were to go to
Triple-A,” said Jenkins. “That just
wasn’t in my heart. Part of it is ego but you’ve tasted this life so long. We weren’t asking for the world. We put it out there to everybody.”
Veteran major leaguers rarely go quietly and it can sometimes get ugly at the end. But Jenkins has to realize that no team would offer him a 25-man roster spot after he failed to register a major league at-bat in 2009 and put up an ugly .246/.301/.392 batting line for the Phillies in ’08. If he wants to prove that he still has something left in the tank, it will have to be in the minor leagues. The 35-year-old from Olympia, Washington owns a .275 career batting average and 221 career home runs.
It’s been one issue after the next for Indians reliever Andrew Miller, and on Saturday, the left-hander landed back on the 10-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. According to comments made by club manager Terry Francona, Miller’s knee has been a problem since the start of the year. The team has yet to determine a concrete timetable for his return to the bullpen.
Miller, 33, hasn’t looked like his usual sub-2.00 ERA, 2.0+ fWAR self this season, though he paired a 4.40 ERA and 6.3 BB/9 with an impressive 14.4 SO/9 across his first 14 1/3 innings. A left hamstring strain and minor back injury hampered his effectiveness on the mound, though this appears to be a more serious issue — especially given the five weeks he spent recovering from a tendon injury in his right knee last year.
In corresponding moves, the Indians designated right-hander Oliver Drake for assignment and recalled Triple-A right-handers Ben Taylor and Evan Marshall. Taylor, 25, was working on a 3.63 ERA, 1.0 BB/9 and 11.4 SO/9 through 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A Columbus, while 28-year-old Marshall turned in a terrific 0.77 ERA, 0.8 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 over his first 11 2/3 innings. Neither reliever has pitched more than a handful of innings at the big league level in 2018.