The Cubs announced on Thursday that infielder Tommy La Stella has been traded to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
La Stella, 29, hit .266/.340/.331 in 192 plate appearances across 123 games for the Cubs this past season, spending most of his time at third and second base.
The Cubs recently picked up Ronald Torreyes from the Yankees, so La Stella became redundant. The Angels, meanwhile, pick up some infield depth. La Stella is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility and is due a slight raise on his $950,000 salary from the 2018 season.
Red Sox southpaw David Price was lifted in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Astros. While there was some initial concern that he might have trigged the elbow tendinitis that has been affecting him lately, manager Alex Cora was quick to clarify the situation as the result of “flu-like symptoms.”
Price pitched just 2/3 of an inning, inducing a first-pitch fly out from Aledmys Díaz, striking out Alex Bregman, and allowing a single to Michael Brantley before making his departure from the mound. He was replaced by rookie right-hander Colten Brewer.
Barring further complications, Price will likely stay on track to make his next scheduled start during the Red Sox’ upcoming road trip. Entering Saturday’s match-up, the 33-year-old lefty carried a 2-2 record in seven starts with a 3.29 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 10.1 SO/9 across 41 innings in 2019.
Following Price’s removal, the Red Sox are still tied 0-0 with the Astros in the fifth.