The Washington Nationals have placed shortstop Trea Turner on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a right hamstring strain.
The hamstring strain is apparently not very serious, but the Dusty Baker said the switch to a 10-day disabled list from the 15-day made the decision easier. I suspect that the new, shorter DL will cause a lot of clubs to pull the trigger on DL stints when they may not have in the past.
In the meantime, Stephen Drew will fill in at shortstop. The Nats have called up Michael Taylor to take Turner’s place on the roster.
The Mets have signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a minor league deal.
Santana was most recently with the White Sox who designated him for assignment and subsequently released him in late April. It was a earned release, as he allowed 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks with five strikeouts over 13.1 innings before being cut. He only made five starts with the Twins in 2018 due to a an injury, but he was an All-Star in 2017 so why not kick the tires?
Santana will report to extended spring training to kick off the rust. Your guess is as a good as mine as to when or if he’ll pitch in New York this year.