Late in the season Padres general manager A.J. Preller was suspended 30 days after it was found that he failed to disclose relevant medical information to the Red Sox in the trade of lefthander Drew Pomeranz to Boston. A trade Preller made with the Marlins involving pitcher Colin Rea was modified after Rea suffered a torn UCL after his first start in Miami.
These events have major league baseball’s executives talking this week in Arizona, where the GM meetings are being held. One thing likely to spin out of these talks, Baseball America reports, is a rule standardizing medical disclosures in trades. Major League Baseball chief legal officer Dan Halem told BA that MLB intends to introduce a formal standard about what must be disclosed in this regard going forward.
The best part of the story is that Preller himself gives a quote about how on-board he is with all of this and how critically important disclosure is. There’s no enthusiasm like the enthusiasm of a new convert, I suppose.
In any event, if this is not called “The Preller Rule” or “The Preller Standard” what are we even doing here?
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.
New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.
Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.