The Tigers picked up a 3-1 victory over the Royals on Thursday night, staying within a game-and-a-half of the American League Central-leading Indians.
But the evening wasn’t all positive.
According to Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press, center fielder Austin Jackson had to leave the contest after the second inning due to “tenderness” in his left wrist. X-rays taken shortly after his exit were negative, but the 24-year-old has been fitted with a splint and might not return to the Tigers’ lineup until after the All-Star break.
Jackson is batting just .245/.318/.361 through 379 plate appearances this season, his second with the Tigers. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting last year after tallying a whopping 181 hits in 151 games.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.