The Phillies placed outfielder Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list and activated second baseman Cesar Hernandez, the team announced on Monday.
Altherr, 26, strained his right hamstring running out a double during Friday’s loss to the Brewers. He has been one of the few bright spots for the Phillies this year, batting .288/.359/.539 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 301 plate appearances. Daniel Nava, Cameron Perkins, and Ty Kelly all figure to get increased playing time while Altherr is out.
Hernanez, 27, missed a little over five weeks with a strained left oblique. He resumes his season batting .277/.336/.399 with five home runs and 14 RBI in 259 PA. Hernandez has been brought up in trade rumors every now and then, so there is a chance he won’t be wearing a Phillies uniform when August begins.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.