Sunday was a good day for Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. He not only got selected for the All-Star team but he got the band Smash Mouth to give him a shoutout. Hey now, that’s pretty cool!
Yesterday was not so good, though: Doolittle was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his toe. That’s So Insane. Wonder if he hurt it Walkin’ on the Sun.
Doolittle will miss the All-Star Game, unfortunately, but he will be eligible for the first game of the second half and says he expects to be ready for it.
There was no save situation for the Nats last night, but Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth and will likely do so whenever needed between now and Sunday.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.