Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick landed on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain on Saturday. The severity of the injury and the projected timetable for his full recovery has yet to be revealed.
Marisnick, 27, sustained the injury after hitting a double during the seventh inning of Friday’s 5-2 loss against the Mariners. According to MLB.com’s Alyson Footer, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon signaled to the Astros’ dugout and called for a trainer after Marisnick pulled up at second base and said, “I think I might have done something to my groin”:
This figures to be Marisnick’s first trip to the disabled list in 2018. While he’s remained fairly healthy this season, it hasn’t been his most productive campaign in the majors: Following Friday’s game, he’s batting just .217/.279/.411 with nine home runs and a .690 OPS through 191 PA.
In a corresponding move, top outfield prospect Kyle Tucker has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old Tucker collected just seven hits and three extra bases in his first foray into the majors, but has slashed an impressive .311/.373/.532 with 17 homers and a .905 OPS in Triple-A this year and currently ranks eighth-best among all major-league prospects, as determined by MLB Pipeline.
An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.
As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.
While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.