MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.
Rhodes hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2011. He made his first All-Star Game in 2010 with the Reds at the age of 40, finishing the season with a 2.29 ERA and a 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. A veteran of 20 seasons, Rhodes pitched for the Orioles, Mariners, Athletics, Indians, Phillies, Marlins, Reds, Rangers, and Cardinals. He finished with a career 4.08 ERA in 1,187 2/3 innings.
In 2011, his final season, Rhodes was traded from the Rangers to the Cardinals in August. Coincidentally, both teams went on to face each other in the World Series, meaning Rhodes would get a World Series ring regardless of who emerged victorious.
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.