Following the Joakim Soria trade with the Pirates, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will “probably” use right-hander Alex Wilson as the closer, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. Ausmus added he’d “maybe” use Blaine Hardy “if there are lefties”.
Wilson, 28, has had a terrific season, compiling a 1.79 ERA with a 33/8 K/BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings. He earned his first save on July 30 against the Orioles. He doesn’t have the swing-and-miss stuff that most closers have, but Brad Ziegler — who also doesn’t miss many bats — has been doing just fine with the Diamondbacks.
Hardy, 28, has a 2.54 ERA with a 38/16 K/BB ratio in 46 innings. He has a severe platoon split over his career, however, as right-handed hitters have posted a .710 OPS against him compared to the .517 of lefties.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.