Ryan Braun after leaving Friday’s game early:
“The only way to get healthy is to take time off and it’s not something I’m really interested in doing.”
Well, someone is making him get cool with the idea, because he sat out last night and will likely be out of the lineup again today. Here’s his manager, Ron Roenicke redefining what Braun’s interests are:
“We need to get this thing taken care of so we can get back to worrying about what’s going on out on the field and who we have playing, not who we don’t have playing,” said Roenicke.
Braun is hitting .310/.394/.603 this season. The Brewers need that production badly. But they him for the bulk of the year, in full, not for a few games now at half-speed. Best to rest him and, if he’s not better in a day or two, DL him.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.