From beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Angels have placed right-hander Jered Weaver on the 15-day disabled list with irritation in his left hip. Anaheim won’t need a fifth starter until next week, so the corresponding callup Sunday was outfielder Alfredo Marte.
Weaver has allowed 20 runs — 19 earned — in 26 innings (four starts) this month and he has a 4.75 ERA on the season. The 32-year-old is averaging just 84 mph with his fastball. That pitch averaged 86.3 mph in 2014 and 90.2 mph during his rookie year.
Weaver is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his ailing left hip Monday. There’s some worry that he might have a torn muscle.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.