Matt Wieters, who injured his left hamstring a week ago and landed on the DL last Friday, underwent surgery Wednesday and will miss an undisclosed amount of time.
The Nationals’ announcement today came as a surprise, as there hadn’t been anything from the team to suggest that Wieters’ injury was more than a typical strain. No further details regarding the procedure were provided, so there’s no telling when he might return. It’s safe to say it’s going to be quite a while before he’s back, though.
Wieters was off to a solid start this year, hitting .231/.342/.385 with three homers in 65 at-bats before getting hurt. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a big improvement on last year’s .225/.288/.344 line. The Nationals considered trying to move on from Wieters and sign Jonathan Lucroy over the winter. They also talked with the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto. One imagines they’ll start working the phones again now. However, they’re not in terrible shape with Pedro Severino as a starter. Severino has impressed this year, batting .275/.386/.356 in 73 at-bats.
At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.
Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.
The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.
At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).