Eric Hinske expected to retire after Diamondbacks release

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Arizona released Eric Hinske, who’d previously accepted an assignment to the minors after being dropped from the 40-man roster last month. Hinske went 1-for-18 at Triple-A and wasn’t much better in limited action for the Diamondbacks.

And according to Andrew Simon of MLB.com the 35-year-old former Rookie of the Year is expected to retire after playing 12 seasons for seven different teams.

Hinske never duplicated the success from his award-winning rookie season with the Blue Jays in 2004 and was basically finished as an everyday player at age 30, but managed to stick around as a bench bat with some left-handed power.

If this is indeed the end for Hinske his final numbers include a .249 batting average, 137 homers, and a .762 OPS in 4,310 plate appearances spread over 1,387 games. Plus a bunch of playoff appearances and nearly $22 million in career earnings.

Matt Shoemaker to undergo MRI on sprained left knee

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Blue Jays starter Matt Shoemaker has been diagnosed with a left knee sprain following his early departure from Saturday’s game. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Sunday, after which the club will be able to determine the extent of his injury and draw up a more definite timeline for his return to the mound.

The right-hander held the A’s scoreless through three innings of three-hit, one-strikeout ball on Saturday. In the bottom of the third, with two outs and Matt Chapman on first, Shoemaker helped complete an inning-ending putout after Chapman tried to steal second. He tagged Chapman between first and second base, but appeared to twist his leg in the process and immediately started limping away.

Shoemaker was helped off the field after the play and was swiftly replaced by righty Sam Gaviglio in the bottom of the fourth. This is the first serious injury the 32-year-old has sustained since he underwent forearm surgery and missed nearly all of his 2018 campaign with the Angels. While he’s not expected to be sidelined for quite as long this time around, it’s still a concerning setback for the Blue Jays’ no. 2 starter, who currently boasts a sterling 1.57 ERA, 2.8 BB/9, and 7.5 SO/9 through his first 28 2/3 innings of 2019.

The Blue Jays will undoubtedly feel the lack of Shoemaker’s presence over the next few days, but they managed deliver a blowout win on Saturday even without his help. Behind six innings of one-run ball from Gaviglio and Elvis Luciano, the offense mustered up 10 runs — the most they’ve collected in a single game all season — and kept the A’s hardest hits at bay with impressive catches from Billy McKinney and Freddy Galvis.