Left-hander Xavier Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and now they’ve traded the 28-year-old reliever to the Dodgers for cash considerations.
Cedeno has been used sparingly in the majors, but he’s totaled 54 strikeouts in 55 innings and has a career 2.83 ERA with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 108 appearances at Triple-A.
Los Angeles has been adding and subtracting players from the 40-man roster like crazy and that figures to continue, but if given an extended chance Cedeno could be a decent fit as a middle reliever.
It was understandable if you forgot about it given that it happened hours and hours before the end of the game, but Gio Gonzalez left in the second inning of Game 4 of the NLCS after coming down funny on his ankle while fielding a ball in play.
While Gonzalez attempted to stay in the game after that it was clear that he was not right, so the Brewers went to the bullpen. After the game, it was clear why he wasn’t right: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gonzalez had a high ankle sprain and that it was likely he would be replaced on the roster with another pitcher.
This may actually benefit Milwaukee in the very short term given that Milwaukee used six relievers last night, so there will be a fresh arm on staff for Game 5 tonight. It does mean, however, that Gonzalez’ season is over, as a player replaced due to injury in one playoff series is required to sit out the next one. If the Brewers make it to the World Series, Gonzalez will not be available no matter how he is health, wise.
Counsell did not say which pitcher will replace Gonzalez on the roster. We’ll find out for sure later today. Among the possibilities are Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jordan Lyles and Matt Albers.