Joe Nathan‘s odyssey through the end of his career continues: Jon Heyman reports that the Giants are signing him to a minor league contract.
Nathan, who missed almost all of least season after yet another Tommy John surgery, pitched three whole games for the Cubs before being designated for assignment last week. It was just as much a roster situation as it was a pitching situation, as he didn’t allow a run while striking out four in two innings. He walked two too and allowed two hits, however, and, really, with Aroldis Chapman around, the late innings were far better covered than when Nathan signed with Chicago in May. He didn’t have a role.
Nathan, who was drafted by the Giants 21 years ago and who pitched for them in the majors between 1999 and 2003, has 377 saves with a 2.8 ERA and a 971/342 K/BB ratio over 919 innings in his 16-year career. Given that Nathan turns 42 this offseason, one has to think this is his last stop.
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.