Not the most major move in the history of the world, but a Monday trade is a Monday trade: the Indians have traded catcher Anthony Recker to Atlanta for cash considerations.
Recker, who played for the Mets last season, was playing at Triple-A Columbus for the Indians. He’ll report to the Braves’ Triple-A club in Gwinnett. Recker, 32, is organizational depth. At the moment the Braves have A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers handling duties. Pierzynski has been a train wreck, batting .197/.250/.239 in 20 games. Flowers is at .250/.340/.250. There could be an opportunity on the big club for organizational depth soon.
While Recker has spent most of his big league career backing up and has never hit terribly well himself, he’s been taking a lot of walks and showing a little pop in his handful of Triple-A games so far this year. Really, though, no matter what he does, how much worse could he be than what Atlanta is trotting out there at the moment?
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”