April 21st


Matt Shoemaker – ACL tear

Blue Jay’s Matt Shoemaker is out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL during a rundown in Saturday’s game. Shoemaker has had a plethora of injuries in his career and it really just is too bad. Shoemaker has been a solid starter when on the field, and this year has been no exception; pitching to a 1.57 ERA over his first 5 starts so far this year. 


Aaron Judge – Injury Update

Aaron Judge did hit the IL on Sunday and it was not good news at all. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters that its “pretty significant” injury and that he will be shut down from all baseball activities for two weeks and then will be reevaluated. Judge looked to strain his oblique on a swing during a single in Saturday’s game. 


Austin Meadows – Injury 

Rays Outfielder Meadows has landed on the IL with a strained thumb. Meadows has been on fire this year so far, batting a blistering hot .3571/.422/.676 and is a big cause to the great start for the Rays. It does not look like this would be an extended stay for Austin, but it still is a blow to the Rays’ lineup. The Rays activated Joey Wendle and he looks to be a more than capable replacement while Meadows is gone.


Mike Moustakas – Injury

Infielder Mike Moustakas suffered from a fracture in his right ring finger, but is hoping to play through it and not require an IL stint. He left the game on Saturday, and the X Ray revealed the fracture on Sunday. 


Notes

  • deGrom actually did not end up getting the MRI, his trainers cleared him from that
  • Max Scherzer dodged a foul ball in his dugout on Sunday tweaking his intercostal, an IL stint does not seem to be necessary
  • Oakland’s Matt Olsen is due to be back in the lineup within 2 weeks, GM David Frost said
  • Mets are looking at Gio Gonzalez
  • Dustin Pedroia looks hopeful to be activated from the IL since his knee is feeling much better

PITCH OF THE DAY

104 MPH backdoor SINKER… yes you read that right. a 104 MPH SINKER



Business of Baseball – Release Waivers

Definition

Before a club can formally release a player, that player must first be passed through unconditional release waivers. All 29 other clubs in the Majors have the opportunity to claim the player and add him to their 40-man rosters. A player that is claimed on release waivers has the option of rejecting that claim and instead exploring the free-agent market. Release waivers are often requested after a player’s contract is designated for assignment or in cases when a veteran player would otherwise refuse an outright assignment. Players are rarely claimed off release waivers, as the claiming club is required to pick up the remaining contract. Once the player clears waivers, the releasing club is responsible for the old contract.

Example

In April 2013, the White Sox requested release waivers on left-hander Charlie Leesman, and the Rangers opted to claim Leesman. However, Leesman rejected the claim, elected free agency and quickly re-signed a new Minor League contract with the White Sox.


Pitch of the Day Curtesy of @PitchingNinja

Business of Baseball Curtesy of MLB.com

Header Photo Curtesy of Vladosta Daily Times

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