World Series MVP Edgar Renteria, who weighed retirement during an injury-plagued 2010 season, told ESPN Deportes Saturday that he intends to play next season.
Renteria became a free agent earlier this week when the Giants declined his $10.5 million option for 2011. The 34-year-old enjoyed a mild rebound offensively last season, hitting .276/.332/.374, but he played in just 72 games because of groin, hamstring and elbow problems. He was a major disappointment in his first year with the Giants, as he hit just .250/.307/.328 in 460 at-bats.
Still a viable defensive shortstop, Renteria will probably get a starting job in 2011, though he’s definitely looking at a big paycut. The Giants could invite him back, but he certainly won’t be the same kind of priority that fellow free agent Juan Uribe is.
Nationals right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has been assigned to the 10-day disabled list after spraining his right wrist during a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. The assignment is retroactive to August 15, though it’s not yet certain that Hellickson will be able to resume his role in the rotation after the minimum 10 days.
The 31-year-old righty was through 4 1/3 innings during Wednesday’s start when he threw a wild pitch behind the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina in the bottom of the fifth. He sprinted to cover home plate just as Harrison Bader took off from third base, and the two collided at the plate as Spencer Kieboom‘s throw home sailed over Hellickson’s head. He tumbled to the ground and rolled over his right wrist, then was forced to make a prompt exit from the field after feeling considerable soreness in his right hand.
While the X-rays returned negative, it makes sense for the Nationals to shelve Hellickson for the time being. In a best case scenario, he should miss only one turn through the rotation, provided that he’s able to work back up to full strength in the next week or so. The veteran righty is 5-3 in 18 starts this year with a 3.57 ERA, 1.9 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 across 88 1/3 innings. This will be his second official stint on the DL after missing nearly a month due to a right hamstring strain back in June.
In a corresponding move, fellow right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and will fill in for Hellickson during Saturday’s set against the Marlins. Rodriguez, 25, has yet to get comfortable on the major league stage: entering Saturday, the rookie owns a 5.84 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 through 24 2/3 innings.