Mark Ellis, whom the Rockies acquired from the A’s on June 30, “figures to return next season” according to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post.
Armstrong’s newspaper-mate, Troy Renck, has also tweeted repeatedly throughout the second half that Ellis would like to remain in Colorado and the Rockies would like to re-sign the 35-year-old.
Ellis will presumably be open to re-signing on a one-year contract and Armstrong speculates that the Rockies will continue to search for a long-term answer at the position while he keeps it warm.
Ellis’ defense remains a big plus, but he hit horribly for the A’s and wasn’t much better despite calling Coors Field home in the second half, batting just .274 with a .708 OPS in 70 games following the trade.
Colorado may have some competition to sign him, because Ellis would be a simple, veteran solution at second base for a lot of contenders.
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.