Edmonds headed for disabled list with oblique strain

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Rosters moves are beginning to pour in for Tuesday night’s full slate of games and the Reds look to be fairly active. 

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds are calling up right-hander Sam LeCure to serve in mop-up duty if such a thing is necessary.  They’re also promoting position player Chris Valaika, signaling that Jim Edmonds is going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to the strained right oblique muscle that he suffered in the sixth inning of Monday’s loss to the Giants.

The Reds acquired Edmonds just before a massive three-game series with the Cardinals back in early August.  He’s made just 24 plate appearances since that deal and managed just three hits.  Because Edmonds is 40 years of age and oblique injuries tend to linger, it’s safe to assume that he might not be available until October.

Edmonds has extended his career in the hope of reaching 400 career home runs and boosting his resume for the Hall of Fame.  He stands at 391 at the moment.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.