From the moment the Diamondbacks signed Jason Kubel to be their new starting left fielder general manager Kevin Towers has insisted that the team is merely benching Gerardo Parra, not actually looking to trade him.
Towers stuck with that stance yesterday, telling Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that despite other teams scouting Parra he’s not interested in parting with the fourth-year outfielder who won a Glove Glove last season while hitting .292 with a .784 OPS in 141 games. In fact, he hasn’t even “had any discussions” with other teams about Parra.
That’s a tough break for Parra, because unless Kubel, Chris Young, or Justin Upton go down with an injury he’ll be relegated to a part-time role at age 25. Gilbert speculates that if Towers changes his mind and does start fielding offers for Parra he’ll be looking for long-term catching help with Miguel Montero an impending free agent.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.