Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired reliever Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals. One player is reported to be heading back to Washington in the deal, but his identity is not yet known.
The Dodgers’ bullpen has been a train wreck of late and they’re hoping that Madson can help matters. Whether he can or not is an open question. His 2018 season has been among the worst of his career. He’s currently 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA while his strikeout rate has gone down and his walk and hit rate have shot up this year.
Still, he’s a new face and some relievers have seen their seasons turn around with a change of scenery in the past, so why not take a gamble?
Rangers OF/DH Hunter Pence exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Reds after suffering an apparent injury chasing down a ground-rule double hit by José Peraza in the fifth inning. The beat writers are suggesting it’s a groin injury, but we’ll have to wait for the Rangers to provide an update to know for sure.
Pence was 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on the afternoon before suffering the injury. He’s had a rebirth of a season, batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs, 48 RBI, and 44 runs scored in 215 plate appearances.
Shin-Soo Choo and Pence were sharing both the DH spot and left field. If Pence needs to go on the injured list, Danny Santana would likely see an uptick in playing time, particularly in left field.