- The Oakland Athletics are going to be without a key player for an extended period of time as slugging shortstop Marcus Semien is slated to have surgery on his right wrist to repair the scaphoid bone per Jane Lee of MLB.com. Semien recently underwent an MRI on his wrist after it had been bothering him for a while. He was then placed on the 10-day DL to give him time to heal, but things were not getting better which is why he is electing to undergo the procedure now. He is expected to be sidelined from baseball activities for six weeks before being evaluated again. There is no definitive timetable for his return. It’s disappointing for the Athletics to be without Semien as he enjoyed a career year in Oakland last season. He only hit .238/.300/.435 but clubbed a career-high 27 home runs and had 75 RBIs. He originally arrived in Oakland as part of the Jeff Samardzija blockbuster deal with the Chicago White Sox. His defense has always been a work in progress as metrics have rated him a poor defender at shortstop throughout his career as he was worth a -6 DRS and -3.7 UZR per Fangraphs last season. Despite his troubling defense, it is clear that his game-changing power potential has the Athletics invested in his long-term development.
- Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis is getting closer to coming back to the team. The prized middle infielder is still in the midst of playing in rehab games and will play with the Columbus Clippers on both Tuesday and Wednesday per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It is possible he will rejoin the team in Chicago when they face the Chicago White Sox on Friday if everything checks out okay throughout the rest of the week.
Other News and Notes:
- The Texas Rangers have placed right-hander Sam Dyson on the 10-day DL and recalled righty Keone Kela from Triple-A Round Rock per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Dyson has been struggling mightily since the start of the season and has already blown three saves in the early going. With Dyson on the DL, the Rangers need a fresh arm to come up and help ease the burden on the bullpen hence why they are going with Kela. Kela was demoted at the beginning of the season due to an argument with his teammates at the end of Spring Training. His demotion was a punishment for his arguing with some of the veterans but now the Rangers need him, especially with Dyson having such trouble at the beginning of the year. Flamethrower Matt Bush is expected to get first crack at the closer’s job but will not always be the first choice to close due to his recent shoulder problems.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed southpaw Rich Hill on the 10-day DL due to a blister on his left middle finger per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Blisters have plagued Rich Hill dating back to last season when he was still with the Oakland Athletics. They continued to be a problem for him even when he changed uniforms and became a Dodger at the deadline. It’s quite possible that due to his blister problems Hill might have to move to the bullpen as there seems be a connection between him developing blisters and starting.