Baseball Wiretap

Stephen Strasburg Has 'Severe Nerve Damage'

Jun 3, 2023 3:34 PM

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg has "severe nerve damage," leading to doubts he will ever pitch again, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Strasburg, 34, was shut down more than a month ago, unable to take part in any rehabilitation, per the report. He had surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome and hasn't pitched in a game since last June.

He has a history of nerve issues.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury

Howard Johnson, Al Leiter Headline Mets HOF Class

Jun 3, 2023 7:01 PM

Howard Johnson and Al Leiter were inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame prior to the team's game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Johnson played for New York from 1985 through 1993. He ranks third in team history with 202 stolen bases and fourth in both homers (192) and RBI (629). Leiter grew up a Mets fan in New Jersey before pitching for the team from 1998 through 2004.

Tags: New York Mets, Personal Award

Oneil Cruz Eyes Late Summer Return

Jun 3, 2023 3:38 PM

Oneil Cruz's days in crutches are numbered. Ditto for the walking boot used to protect the broken left ankle suffered during an awkward slide home in early April..

Recovery for the 24-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop remains on track, meaning he could return sometime late this summer barring any setbacks.

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Injury

Jon Singleton Back In Majors For First Time Since 2015

Jun 3, 2023 3:36 PM

First baseman Jon Singleton is back in the major leagues for the first time in eight years after getting promoted by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers called up Singleton and outfielder Blake Perkins from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and put first baseman Darin Ruf (right knee laceration) and outfielder Tyrone Taylor (elbow sprain) on the 10-day injured list.

"It's been a long journey," said Singleton, who is starting Saturday's game and batting sixth vs. the Reds. "Right now, I really can't even describe my emotions, my feelings. Definitely grateful."

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor

Red Sox Sign Rob Refsnyder To One-Year Extension

Jun 3, 2023 12:50 PM

Boston Red Sox outfielder Rob Refsnyder on Saturday signed a one-year contract extension through the 2024 season.

The Red Sox did not divulge financial terms on the deal, which also includes a club option for 2025.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Signing

'Gut Punch': Chris Sale Heads Back To IL

Jun 2, 2023 8:53 PM

The Red Sox placed left-hander Chris Sale on the injured list with shoulder inflammation on Friday, another setback for the seven-time All-Star as he attempts to re-establish himself as a reliable member of the rotation.

"It's just kind of a gut punch," Sale told reporters before Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I hate feeling like this. I started having fun playing baseball again. And now, back to not having fun. That sucks."

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury

Anthony Rendon Won't Be Charged For Altercation With Fan

Jun 2, 2023 8:17 PM

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon won't be charged for his role in an altercation with a fan on Opening Day, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The incident occurred on March 30 in Oakland, when video showed Rendon grabbing the shirt of a fan who had heckled him. The video also showed Rendon addressing the fan with an expletive shortly after the final out of the Angels' 2-1 loss.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Legal, Misc Rumor

Marco Gonzales To Get Tests On Arm, Will Miss Next Start

Jun 2, 2023 8:14 PM

Mariners starter Marco Gonzales remained in Seattle for tests on his left forearm and will not make his scheduled start against the Texas Rangers on Saturday, manager Scott Servais said.

Servais said Gonzalez felt discomfort after throwing 5⅔ innings last Sunday at home against Pittsburgh. The left-hander still wasn't feeling right when throwing his bullpen session earlier this week.

"Wanted to get it checked out," Servais said Friday, adding that he wouldn't elaborate further until the team gets reports back from the doctors.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Injury

Cardinals Set To Recall Top Prospect Jordan Walker

Jun 2, 2023 9:30 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals will recall top prospect Jordan Walker before Friday's game, according to a report.

Walker was demoted on April 26 because the Cardinals wanted him to work on an improved launch angle off the bat. 

He slashed .274/.321/.397 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs in his first 20 Major League games. However, he had a 58.5 percent ground-ball rate.

John Denton/MLB

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Clubs Have Inquired With Reds About Jonathan India

Jun 2, 2023 9:25 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have received calls from other clubs with trade interest in Jonathan India, according to a report.

The Reds aren't anxious to move India, who will be eligible for arbitration at the end of the year and isn't slated to reach free agency until after the 2026 campaign. 

The 26-year-old is hitting .277/.363/.418 with five home runs, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases in 248 plate appearances this season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Chris Sale Exits Start Early With Left Shoulder Soreness


Diamond Sports Group Ordered To Pay MLB Teams' Contracts

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

MLB's Strict Pitch Clock Oversight 'Frustrating' Max Scherzer

Joon Lee/ESPN

Dodgers, Rangers Swap Minor League Pitchers

Associated Press

A-Rod 'Shocked And Surprised' By Doug Mientkiewicz's Comments

USA Today

Padres Prospect Ethan Salas, 16, Doubles In Pro Debut

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Yankees Say Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle Could Return Against Dodgers

Associated Press

Braves Call Up Top Prospect RHP AJ Smith-Shawver

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Diamond Sports Group Fails To Pay Padres, Loses Broadcast Rights

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Anthony Bass Apologizes For Sharing Anti-LGBTQIA+ Post


Clayton Kershaw Disagrees With Dodgers' Decision To Honor Sisters

Associated Press

Orioles Place Cedric Mullins On IL, Sign Aaron Hicks

Astros Mock Athletics' Low Attendance Numbers

Chris Bengel/CBS Sports

Cardinals Still Planning To Make Additions At Trade Deadline

Jim Hayes/Bally Sports

Nevada Lawmakers Consider A's Stadium Financing At Hearing

Associated Press

Liam Hendriks Pitches One Inning In 'Emotional' Return

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Braves' Mike Soroka Goes Six Innings In First Start Since 2020

Associated Press

Padres Claim Gary Sanchez Off Waivers From Mets

Cubs' Marcus Stroman Throws One-Hitter At Rays

Brewers Designate Luke Voit For Assignment