Veteran reliever Jose Valverde, who’s been pitching at Triple-A for the Nationals, is now a free agent after asking for and being granted his release.
Valverde signed a minor-league deal with the Nationals in April after opting out of a similar deal with the Padres during spring training. He pitched well at Triple-A with a 2.39 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio in 26 innings, but apparently the Nationals weren’t convinced he could help their bullpen.
Valverde averaged 38 saves per season from 2007-2012, leading the league three times and making three All-Star teams. He saved 35 games for the Tigers as recently as 2012, but has a 5.63 ERA in the majors since then and is 37 years old.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.