April 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Eight Teams On Pace To Lose 100 Or More Games

Apr 30, 2018 8:17 AM

The subject of tanking is likely to become more prevalent in Major League Baseball.

Heading into play this weekend, there were eight teams on pace to lose 100 or more games in 2018.

No team lost 100 games last season, while the Minnesota Twins were the only club to do so in 2016.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Josh Donaldson Could Return To Blue Jays Friday

Apr 30, 2018 8:10 AM

John Gibbons says the Toronto Blue Jays could have Josh Donaldson back as early as Friday.

Donaldson began a rehab assignment on Sunday for Toronto's High-A affiliate.

He has appeared in just 12 games so far this season due to a shoulder injury.

Hazel Mae/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Injury, Misc Rumor

While Suspended, Joe Kelly Roams Fenway As Fan

Apr 30, 2018 8:06 AM

While serving a six-game suspension, Joe Kelly roamed Fenway Park as a fan on Sunday afternoon.

The Boston Red Sox rallied against the Tampa Bay Rays as Kelly left the suite he was sitting in to mingle with fans.

"I was in the suite, and we weren't getting any runs, and we were losing, so I moved and went out to the bleachers. We got a couple of runs," Kelly told Boston's WEEI. "I moved to another location, and that didn't work, so I moved to the Sam Adams Party Deck, and we ended up getting the runs. Then I watched the rest, when Craig [Kimbrel] came in, from the State Street Pavilion. I had to change locations. I was getting superstitious."

On Friday, WEEI reported that Kelly had seats above the Green Monster, but he spent time in three locations throughout the park, including the bleachers. On Sunday, several fans tweeted photos of Kelly's stint in the bleachers.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Joe Panik May Need Thumb Surgery

Apr 30, 2018 12:51 AM

Joe Panik will fly to Los Angeles to see a hand specialist for a second opinion on his sprained left thumb ligament.

“There’s a good chance he’s headed toward surgery,” manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday.

The injury occurred Friday night when Panik’s glove met Yasiel Puig’s left leg on a pickoff play at second base.

Typical recovery time for this surgery is six to eight weeks.


Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

Robbie Ray Suffers Strained Right Oblique

Apr 30, 2018 12:36 AM

Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray left Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals in the second inning because of a strained right oblique.

After throwing a pitch to Washington's Matt Wieters, Ray called the trainer from the dugout and began motioning toward his right side. He exited the game after a brief conversation with the trainer and manager Torey Lovullo.

"I felt great up until that one pitch," Ray said. "I was probably in the middle of my delivery, I was letting go of the ball and just felt my side grab, and I wasn't able to finish the pitch and left it up and away. I just wasn't able to get anything on it."

Lovullo said Ray will undergo an MRI on Monday.


Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Nick Kingham Near Perfect In MLB Debut

Apr 30, 2018 12:27 AM

Nick Kingham accomplished something Sunday that only one major league pitcher had achieved in the past century.

In his big league debut, Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning to lead the Pirates to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals.

He joined Johnny Cueto in 2008 as the only pitchers in the past 100 years with one hit allowed, at least nine strikeouts and no walks in their debuts.


Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Shohei Ohtani's Next Start Pushed Back

Apr 30, 2018 12:23 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that Shohei Ohtani won't make his scheduled start against the Orioles on Tuesday night while he recovers from a mild left ankle sprain suffered Friday.

Ohtani could face the Orioles on Wednesday or Thursday, Scioscia said.



Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

Dave Roberts Pulls Cody Bellinger For 'Lack Of Hustle'

Apr 30, 2018 12:19 AM

The Dodgers' lackluster start to the 2018 campaign is starting to show visible leakage, with the latest example coming during Los Angeles' 4-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Dave Roberts pulled last year's rookie of the year, Cody Bellinger, in the fifth inning for what the manager described as a lack of hustle.

"I felt there wasn't hustle on the play -- the ball that he hit 421 feet into right-center field, and he cruised into second base," Roberts told reporters, referring to a ball Bellinger smacked into the area called Triples Alley. "He plays every day, and there's certain expectations for the way we have to play the game. When you don't abide by that, we'll get somebody in there that will. It's pretty simple."


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Place Yasiel Puig On DL

Apr 29, 2018 5:26 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed right fielder Yasiel Puig on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a left hip pointer and bruised foot after getting hurt in the field and the plate a day earlier.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

K-Rod Signs Deal With Long Island Ducks

Apr 29, 2018 5:23 PM

Francisco Rodriguez will continue his baseball career with the independent Long Island Ducks.

"We have agreed to terms with Francisco Rodriguez," Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff told Newsday. "The goal is to get him in here as soon as possible. We anticipate his arrival this week. As soon as he arrives, we'll issue an official press release once he signs his contract."




Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Blue Jays Send Devon Travis To Triple-A Buffalo
The Blue Jays have recalled right-handed pitcher Carlos Ramirez from Buffalo.


Brewers To Start Wade Miley Wednesday
Veteran Wade Miley will make his debut for the Brewers on Wednesday against the Reds.


D-Backs Win Ninth-Straight Series
The D-Backs are the first NL team since the 1907 Cubs to win their first nine series in a season.


Pablo Sandoval Pitches Perfect Ninth Inning
The Dodgers routed the Giants 15-6 Saturday in the first-game of a day-night doubleheader.


Cubs Welcome Back Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist
Kris Bryant has missed four games after being hit in the head by a pitch last Sunday.


Shohei Otani Day-To-Day With Ankle Sprain
The ankle sprain puts Shohei Otani availability for Saturday's game in jeopardy.


Athletics Option Opening Day Starter To Triple-A
The A's optioned Kendall Graveman to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Royals Want Ned Yost To Manage Beyond This Season
Ned Yost is in the final year of his contract and the Royals are struggling, but Dayton Moore definitely wants him back.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Athletics Discussing One-Year Extension With Khris Davis
Davis is hitting .257/.339/.535 with seven home runs in 115 plate appearances.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Danny Farquhar Walking, 'Moving In Positive Direction'
Danny Farquhar has been able to go on light walks and remains in stable condition in intensive care.


Matt Harvey Curses Out Reporters When Asked To Talk
Matt Harvey said he wasn't talking to reporters after his debut as a reliever for the Mets on Wednesday night.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Eric Thames Likely Needs Thumb Surgery
Eric Thames tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and will likely need surgery.


Shohei Ohtani Throws Fastest Pitch By Starter This Season
Shohei Ohtani hit 101 mph on the radar gun twice on Tuesday night.

Jessica Kleinschmidt/MLB

Padres Place Eric Hosmer On Family Medical Leave
They hope to have Eric Hosmer back on Friday, according to Andy Green.


Rob Manfred Calls New Pace-Of-Play Rules 'Effective'
Rob Manfred is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings in games this season.

Associated Press

Braves To Promote Ronald Acuna
The Braves plan to promote Ronald Acuna from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to join them in Cincinnati.


Theo Epstein: David Ortiz Asked For Trade In 2003
Theo Epstein revealed that the legend of David Ortiz almost didn't grow in Boston.


Braves Expect To Start Jose Bautista At Third Base
The Braves expect to start Jose Bautista at third base once he's brought up to the major leagues, says Brian Snitker.

Gabriel Burns/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Melky Cabrera To Sign With Indians
Melky Cabrera went unsigned this past offseason.

ESPN Deportes

Yankees Acquire A.J. Cole From Nationals
A.J. Cole was originally a fourth-round pick of the Nationals.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors