Free agent Miguel Tejada must know he’s taking a paycut after getting the Giants to pony up $6.5 million for his services last winter, but he’s at least hoping to secure a major league contract, the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly reports.
Connolly states that the Tejada, a six-time All-Star and the 2002 AL MVP, is currently working out in Fort Lauderdale as part of a comeback bid. The 37-year-old infielder was out of the league for the final month of last season after being let go by the Giants on Aug. 31. He hit .239/.270/.326 with four hmoers and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats prior to his release.
Tejada can no longer sell himself as a shortstop and he doesn’t have the power to be an asset at third base, so there’s a good chance that he’s done as a major leaguer. He’ll probably have his pick of a few minor league deals, but it seems unlikely any team will offer him a guaranteed contract this winter.
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.