Report: Mike Carp has asked the Red Sox to trade him

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Mike Carp was a useful bench player for the Red Sox last season, but he has struggled in a diminished role so far this season and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he has asked the team to trade him.

After hitting .296 with nine home runs, 43 RBI, and an .885 OPS over 243 plate appearances last season, Carp has appeared in just 35 games this season. The 28-year-old hasn’t done much of anything when given the opportunity, batting just .215 with a .641 OPS over 95 plate appearances. He’s still looking for his first home run. Despite his struggles, Carp told Abraham that he believes he could be useful for a contender.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t required to give Carp his wish, but Abraham was told by two scouts that NL teams have interest in him as a bench bat or a platoon player.

Nationals to reinstate Max Scherzer on Thursday

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Some good news for the Nationals today: All-Star hurler Max Scherzer is due back from the injured list this week, this time (hopefully) for good. He’s slated to start during Thursday’s series finale against the Pirates.

It’s been a long road back for the right-hander, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star designation after heading into the break with a 2.30 ERA, 5.6 fWAR, and a league-leading 7.56 SO/BB rate. An untimely back injury forced him to the injured list in the days leading up to the All-Star Game, however, and he hasn’t returned in any kind of part-time or full-time capacity since.

While Scherzer was originally expected to pitch for the Nationals sometime during their weekend series versus the Brewers, manager Dave Martinez elected to push back his return date by a few days. It’s not clear whether he felt some lingering pain during his 64-pitch simulated start on Saturday or whether the Nationals simply want to play it safe with their ace, but either way, the club apparently feels like Scherzer will be back to full strength before the end of the week.

If so, his return would be a significant asset to the Nationals, who could use a sub-3.00 ERA, 5.0-fWAR starter to help bolster their standing in the NL East. Still, there’s no guarantee that the veteran righty is ready to shoulder a full-time role in Washington’s rotation, nor is it certain that he’ll be able to match his results from the first half of the season. In one start between IL stints last month, he dealt five innings of three-run, two-walk, eight-strikeout ball in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies.