The Tigers made a couple of bold but necessary moves Sunday, demoting starting second baseman Scott Sizemore and starting pitcher Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo. The news was reported first by MLB.com’s Jason Beck.
Sizemore entered the 2010 season with a bit of hype, but hasn’t been able to transfer his minor league success to the big leagues. He will leave behind a .206 batting average, a .297 on-base percentage and a .289 slugging percentage, accomplished in 97 at-bats. Carlos Guillen is expected to serve as Detroit’s starting second baseman once he returns from the disabled list in about a week. If he plays well enough, we might not see Sizemore in the majors again until September.
Scherzer also entered the year with high hopes after putting up a 4.12 ERA and a 174/63 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season. He hasn’t made a smooth transition to the American League, though, and is sporting a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through eight starts.
The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.
However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”
Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.
Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.
Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.
No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.