Jerry Crasnick reports that the Texas Rangers have traded Jeremy Jeffress to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers will get right-hander Tayler Scott in return.
You’ll recall that Jeffress went from Milwaukee to Texas a year ago along with Jonathan Lucroy in exchange for Lew Brinson, Luis Ortiz and Ryan Cordell, who was the player to be named later. Texas unloaded Lucroy to Colorado over the weekend, and now Jeffress is heading back to his old club. Safe to say that trade didn’t work out the way the Rangers wanted it to.
Jeffress has had a terrible year in Texas, posting a 5.31 ERA and a 1.672 WHIP. He’s just been eminently hittable, allowing 10.8 hits per nine innings compared to a rate of 6.8 per nine a year ago. He’s just a year removed from a 2.33 ERA and still carries two more years of team control, however, so the Brewers are obviously hoping a return to familiar scenery will do him well.
Scott is a 25 year-old Double-A reliever.
The Blue Jays placed right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the 10-day disabled list with a contusion in his right index finger, per a team announcement on Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, righty Marcus Stroman was activated from the DL (right shoulder fatigue) and will take the mound for the Blue Jays at 9:07 PM ET tonight.
Sanchez, 25, is in his fifth season with the club. He hasn’t looked his sharpest so far this year, going 3-5 in 15 starts with a career-worst 4.52 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 79 2/3 innings. It’s not yet clear how long he’ll be sidelined, though he could miss as little as one turn in the rotation before returning to the roster in the next week or two.
Sanchez isn’t the only struggling starter in Toronto’s rotation, either. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the team placed southpaw Jaime Garcia on the DL (right shoulder tenderness) as well, with lefty reliever Tim Mayza scheduled to take his spot on the roster. In 13 starts this season, Garcia carried a 2-6 record, 6.16 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 61 1/3 innings. Any further decisions pertaining to the rotation — including Tuesday’s starter against the Astros — have yet to be publicly addressed.