Bad news for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens, who was expected to return from the disabled list to start against the Diamondbacks this weekend, felt a “pop” in his left hamstring while running on the field on Monday, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
It doesn’t sound good. According to O’Brien, Jurrjens “went down in a heap,” feeling a pop in a lower part of the muscle than what landed him on the disabled list on April 30. Jurrjens is scheduled to undergo an MRI when the Braves return home later this week.
The setback presents another opportunity for Kris Medlen. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Saturday afternoon and owns a 2.45 ERA and 1.27 WHIP to go along with an impressive 19/3 K/BB ratio over 22 innings this season.
Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is drawing interest from at least four clubs, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Friday. The Brewers are the presumed frontrunners to land the infielder, but Heyman adds that the Angels may take the inside edge as Moustakas hails from the San Fernando Valley and has invested in charity efforts in California over the last year. The Phillies and Padres, on the other hand, have been involved to a lesser degree as they’re both thought to be in hot pursuit of fellow free agent third baseman/shortstop Manny Machado, though their interest in the veteran Moustakas could ramp right back up should they lose out on Machado in the weeks to come.
Moustakas, 30, declined a $15 million mutual option with the Brewers at the end of the 2018 season, and like many others left on the market, has yet to find a landing spot in advance of spring training. While he’s several years removed from his last All-Star performance, he ran a decent campaign with the Royals and Brewers last year, slashing a combined .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs, a .774 OPS, and 2.4 fWAR across 635 plate appearances.
He certainly appears to be a fit in Anaheim, where he could supplant Zack Cozart at the hot corner and balance out the Angels’ right-heavy lineup alongside Kole Calhoun, Justin Bour, and Tommy La Stella. Even if the Angels have serious interest in the third baseman, however, they’re likely to wait and see what kind of contract Machado (and the as-yet unsigned Bryce Harper) fetches before extending any serious offers of their own. They’re far from the only club to use the four-time All-Star as a litmus test this offseason, which has only fueled a growing unrest among MLB players who believe that more serious action — such as a midseason walk-out or a league-wide strike — will need to be taken over the next few months.