Esmil Rogers’ mid-90s fastball failed to produce results in Colorado, so he’ll get a fresh start in Cleveland after being picked up in return for cash considerations Tuesday.
Rogers was previously designated for assignment on Satursday.
A full-time reliever for the first time, the 26-year-old Rogers struck out 29 in 25 2/3 innings for the Rockies, but he walked 18 and amassed an 8.06 ERA in the process. Last year, he had a 7.05 ERA in 13 starts and five relief appearances.
Still, Rogers’ right arm is tantalizing, which is why the Rockies stuck with him for so long. He’s averaged 96.1 mph with his fastball this year, making him one of the game’s hardest throwers. If he can start getting ahead with his heater and tighten up his slider some, he could yet become an excellent reliever.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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