Toronto placed closer Sergio Santos on the disabled list with a sore shoulder Saturday and he sought a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in California, with an MRI exam yesterday showing no structural damage.
That’s the good news. The bad news, according to Vinnie Duber of MLB.com, is that Santos will be completely shut down for at least 10-14 days and only at that point will the Blue Jays “initiate the throwing program.”
In other words, don’t expect to see him closing games again for at least a month, leaving veteran closer Francisco Cordero plenty of time to rack up saves after signing with Toronto as a setup man.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.