Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is headed to the disabled list with a Sternoclavicular joint sprain, the team announced Sunday. Per MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, Pillar’s arm has been set in a sling and will be kept that way for the next week, though he’s expected to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks in recovery.
Pillar sustained the injury after sprinting to make a diving catch during Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Red Sox. He flipped the ball to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for an inning-ending double play in the third and was able to walk off the field without trouble, but was wincing when he returned to the dugout and didn’t come out for the fourth inning.
Prior to the incident, Pillar went 0-for-1 with a groundout. He’s batting .247/.279/.407 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 366 plate appearances this season. He’ll likely be replaced by some combination of Curtis Granderson, Dwight Smith Jr. and Kendrys Morales until he makes a full recovery.
In corresponding moves, Gurriel was also placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after colliding with Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday, while left-hander Jaime Garcia and right-hander Ryan Tepera have been activated from the 10-day DL to fill the two empty roster spots.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.