Oakland has placed first baseman Ike Davis on the disabled list with a strained left hip.
Davis hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2012, but he showed some flashes of good production during that time and was decent for the Mets and Pirates last year. For the A’s he’s been more valuable as a mop-up pitcher than as a starting first baseman, hitting just .229 with three homers and a .652 OPS in 74 games.
Davis is making $3.8 million this season, so it’s tough to imagine the A’s wanting to keep him for a similar salary via the arbitration process next year. He might be done in Oakland.
Jake Smolinski takes Davis’ roster spot after being up with the A’s earlier this season.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.
Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.
Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.