Dodgers reliever Tom Koehler was forced off the mound in the third inning of Friday’s Dodgers/White Sox game after suffering what appeared to be a right shoulder injury. While the extent of the injury has yet to be revealed, manager Dave Roberts said the right-hander felt some tightness in his biceps and will undergo an MRI.
It’s an alarming injury for any pitcher, but more so for Koehler, who has a history of shoulder injuries and was sidelined for nearly a month last season after experiencing a bout of bursitis in his right shoulder. The 31-year-old righty was signed to a one-year, $2 million deal back in December and figures to supplant Brandon Morrow in a multi-inning relief role this spring.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are actively trying to trade outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. In fact, the Mets were discussing such a trade with the Mets before they ultimately acquired Jake Marisnick from the Astros last week.
The Red Sox have made it no secret that they plan to reduce payroll. They’re currently above $218 million, about $10 million above the competitive balance tax threshold. Bradley is projected to earn $11.5 million in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
While Bradley continued to play above-average defense, his offense has left a bit to be desired. He has an aggregate adjusted OPS of 90 over the past three seasons (100 is average), matching his mark of 90 in 2019 specifically. Bradley hit .225/.317/.421 with 21 home runs, 62 RBI, and 69 runs scored in 567 plate appearances.
Since an acquiring team would likely be on the hook for most or all of Bradley’s salary, the Red Sox wouldn’t get much in return in a trade. With the Mets out of the picture, the Cubs and Diamondbacks are a couple of teams that could match up with the Red Sox on a trade involving Bradley.