Bob Dutton of The News Tribune reports that the Mariners have demoted outfielder Abraham Almonte to Triple-A Tacoma and plan to recall James Jones.
Almonte has been struggling mightily at the plate, carrying a .540 OPS into Sunday’s game against the Astros. He did not start Sunday, but did pinch-run and stole his third base in four attempts. Manager Lloyd McClendon told Almonte, “If you play well, you’ll be back.”
Jones, 25, was playing well for Tacoma, slashing .313/.382/.450 in 90 plate appearances.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.