Tigers re-sign minor league home run champ Mike Hessman


Mike Hessman has struggled in some brief stints in the majors, but he’s racked up 417 home runs in 18 seasons in the minors … and he’ll back for another year in 2015.

Hessman, who’ll be 37 years old next season, has re-signed with the Tigers on a minor-league contract after hitting 28 homers for their Triple-A team this season.

Hessman is the International League’s all-time record holder with 272 homers and his 417 homers in the minors overall are the third-most all time, just 15 short of the record. Expect him to break the record in 2015, because Hessman has hit 28, 25, and 35 homers in the past three seasons at Triple-A and has topped 20 homers in 13 different seasons.

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.