Drew Stubbs was designated for assignment by the Rockies on August 12. Now, after going 10 days without a trade or a waiver claim, the 30-year-old outfielder can sign on with a new organization.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Stubbs has cleared release waivers and is officially a free agent. Stubbs was batting just .216/.286/.431 in 51 games this season for Colorado, but he has some pop and some speed and can play defensively at any position in the outfield. There should be interest out there for such a low-risk, low-cost signing.
Stubbs slashed .289/.339/.482 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 132 games last season as the Rockies’ primary center fielder. He is making a $5.83 million salary this season in his final year of arbitration. (Colorado is on the hook for that).
Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was shaken up during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals. The slugger appeared to tweak his left side after hitting a single off of Glenn Sparkman in the sixth inning, and was wincing in pain as team trainers attended to him. Per an official announcement from the club, he sustained a left oblique injury and will undergo an MRI at the New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon.
While it’s not yet clear how long Judge will be out of commission, it’s a worrying injury given his history. The 26-year-old outfielder was similarly sidelined in 2016 after a right oblique strain brought an abrupt end to his first MLB call-up, and missed significant time again in 2018 after fracturing his right wrist. It’s also a blow to the Yankees, who currently have a dozen players nursing injuries from bone spurs to rotator cuff issues on the injured list.
Prior to Saturday’s incident, Judge went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run and a base hit, adding to a healthy .288/.404/.521 batting line and running total of five homers, 11 RBI, and a .925 OPS through his first 89 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade, who stepped in to pinch-run in the sixth and returned at the top of the seventh to assume Judge’s post in right field.