Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox called up another one of their top prospects in 3rd baseman Rafael Devers. Now Devers didn’t play on Tuesday night, but he made his major league debut on Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Devers didn’t get a hit in four official at bats. Devers struck out one time, walked twice and scored a run in the Red Sox 6-5 loss to the Mariners in 13 innings.

Now the thought was that the Red Sox would be the team to go out and get Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox and allow Devers to play the full season at Triple-A. Instead Frazier ended going to the Red Sox rival the New York Yankees. After the release of Pablo Sandoval it appeared that the would use Frazier to hold down the 3rd base job until 2018 and then turn things over to Devers, but after the trade wasn’t completed it looked like the job would be Devers a little earlier than planned.

Now it appears that the Red Sox may be back to their original plan as they acquired 3rd baseman Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. Nunez was a trade deadline pick up for the Giants last season and helped them get into the playoffs and now the Red Sox will look for Nunez to help get them into the playoffs this season.

The Red Sox sent two right handed pitchers to the Giants for Nunez. San Francisco will receive Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in the deal. Anderson is 22 tears old and was a 3rd round pick of the Red Sox in 2016. He has split this season between Class-A and High-A. Anderson has made 18 starts this season covering 97 1/3rd innings. He is 6-3 with an E.R.A. of 3.42 this season. Santos is 17 years old and was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2016. Santos has spent two seasons playing in the Red Sox Rookie League. Santos has made 7 starts this season covering 30 innings. He is 2-0 with an E.R.A. of 0.90.

Even though Nunez is called a 3rd baseman though his career he has played multiple positions. Besides 3rd base Nunez has seen time at 2nd base, shortstop as well as left and rightfield. Nunez was hitting .308 in 76 games for the Giants this season. He had 4 home runs and 31 RBI’s, but has stolen 18 bases this season.

Nunez will be a free agent after this season; so he’ll probably be a rent a type player for the Red Sox as the plan still appears to be to turn the 3rd base job over to Devers starting in 2018.

To get Nunez on their 40 man roster the Red Sox designated left handed pitcher Luis Ysla for assignment. The Red Sox also swapped a couple of guys on the disabled list. Right handed pitcher Ben Taylor goes on the 10 day disabled list while another right hander Blaine Boyer comes off the disabled list.

The Milwaukee Brewers added an arm to their bullpen yesterday as they picked up Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Ryan Cordell.

Swarzak is in his 8th major league season and has put up good numbers out of the White Sox bullpen. Swarzak actually just picked up the first save of his career on Tuesday before being traded. Swarzak has pitched in 41 games this season. He is 4-3 with an E.R.A. of 2.23. Swarzak looks to be the main set up guy for the Brewers closer Corey Knebel, but if needed he can work more than one inning. It had been reported that the Brewers where looking to add arms; so are they done? or will they find another pitcher to deal for?

Cordell is a 25 year old outfielder who has also played some 3rd base. He’s spent this season in Triple-A where he’s hitting .284 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI’s in 68 games. Cordell was an 11th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2013 and was the Brewers 17th ranked prospect.

Injuries are always a factor in a pennant race and a couple of contenders maybe be without one of their top of the rotation starters for a period of time due to injury. It does appear as both will be back and ready for the playoffs though.

The Los Angels Dodgers will have to play on without what many consider the best starting pitcher in baseball as Clayton Kershaw will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a back injury. In 2016 Kershaw missed a little over two months with a herniated disc in his back, but the Dodgers are saying that this injury doesn’t appear to be related to that. Given Kershaw’s past history with back problems; one can’t fault the team for being as careful as possible. With a 10 1/2 game lead in the National League West the Dodgers should be able to afford to give Kershaw the time off he needs to get right foe a playoff run.

Steven Strasburg of the Washington Nationals exited his last start after just 2 innings when he had some pain in his right arm. Strasburg was diagnosed with a nerve impingement. Oddly there was no MRI done on Strasburg’s arm, but the Nationals have said that the nerve impingement has been “alleviated”. Strasburg mentioned that he had some of the same issues in his start before, but pitched through it. That would’ve been July 17th when he pitched 7 innings while giving up 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 11 and walking 1.

Strasburg threw off flat ground on Tuesday and it looks like he’s going to make his next start on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. Will have to wait and see if there’s a pitch count for Strasburg or if everything is fine and Strasburg can just pitch.

With all of the Kyrie Irving drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers you have to wonder if the signing of Derrick Rose will turn out to be a need.

Rose the former M.V.P. agreed to join the Cavaliers on a one year $2.1 million dollar deal after one season with the New York Knicks.

Rose had a solid season with the Knicks, but did play in just 64 games due to injuries. Rose averaged 18 points a game and handed out 4.4 assists per game. In this new style NBA Rose is definitely the slash and pass type of guy as he shot 21.7% from behind the 3-point line last season.

Rose is no longer the same player who won that M.V.P. award and the Cavaliers would be better if they had both Rose and Irving on their roster, but if Irving gets his wish and is traded by Cleveland Rose could be a solid fill in guy with experience.

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