Sources tell Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that Bengie Molina was told that he was traded to the Rangers by teammates upon arriving to Denver on Wednesday. Molina basically implied as much in his comments to reporters in Dallas.
“It was kind of weird,” he said. “Teammates were all coming up to me and saying goodbye. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I guess I’ve been released. I’ve never been in that situation before.”
As Schulman notes, a team official usually informs a player of an impending trade, however it looks like they weren’t able to get in contact with him before it actually went down. Odd, but maybe not entirely surprising. As Buster Olney informed us this week, Brian Sabean apparently doesn’t know how to use a phone.
By the way, Molina was 1-for-4 with a single in his Rangers debut against the White Sox on Friday night.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.