Bad news for people who like fun things. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Mets due to a jammed right wrist.
Simmons apparently jammed the wrist when he stumbled across home plate last night. He took batting practice this afternoon in hopes of playing tonight, so it doesn’t sound like a major concern. Still, the Braves understandably don’t want to take any chances with the defensive wizard.
Ramiro Pena will make the start at shortstop tonight and bat eighth against Jenrry Mejia.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.