Reds utility man Skip Schumaker will miss the remainder of the season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
And before you go blaming his pitching appearances, including one last month: Schumaker throws right-handed, so the torn labrum is in his non-throwing shoulder.
He’s been dealing with shoulder problems for nearly the entire season and Schumaker hit just .235 with two homers and a .595 OPS in 83 games for the worst production of his career at age 34. And because general manager Walt Jocketty for some reason felt the need to give Schumaker a two-year contract last offseason he’s signed for $2.5 million in 2015.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.