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MLB Weekly Digest 4/10/17
- Updated: April 10, 2017
The previous week in MLB was about teams losing critical players to injuries and a young outfielder in the National League signing an extension.
Dodgers Place Hill on Disabled List
The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 7, 2017
This was an issue that cropped up last season for Hill, but it didn’t prevent from throwing the ball extremely well last season. He posted a 2.12 ERA in 110.1 innings (20 starts) split between the Dodgers and Oakland Athletics.
Hill’s effectiveness on the mound is one reason the Dodgers signed him to a three-year deal in the offseason.
Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt mentioned that Alex Wood is an option to take Hill’s rotation spot on Monday against the Chicago Cubs, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.
Rick Honeycutt suggested Alex Wood could start in Rich Hill’s place on Monday.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 7, 2017
The absence of Hill will be a blow to the Dodgers’ staff, but hopefully, he can return to the rotation when eligible.
Yankees Place Sanchez on Disabled List
The New York Yankees will be without one of their best hitters in their lineup as catcher Gary Sanchez had to leave Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles due to a biceps injury.
The backstop was placed on the 10-day disabled list, and the club is unsure how long Sanchez will be sidelined, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Gary Sanchez is going on the 10-day disabled list. No timetable yet for recovery. Kyle Higashioka will join the team in Baltimore tomorrow.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 8, 2017
Sanchez made his presence felt for the Yankees last year. He crushed 20 homers, posted a .299 batting average, and his OPS+ was 168 in just a small sample of 53 games.
The Yankees were looking forward to the type of production that Sanchez could provide with a full season.
They can only hope that the injury suffered by their young catcher isn’t too severe and he’ll be back sooner rather than later.
Cardinals Ink Piscotty to Six-Year Extension
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed outfielder Stephen Piscotty to a six-year contract extension worth $33.5 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provided a breakdown of the contract:
Piscotty breakdown: $2M signing bonus, salaries of $1M, $1M, $7M, $7M, $7.25M, $7.25M, $15M option or $1M buyout.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 3, 2017
Piscotty was exceptional for the Cardinals last year at the plate. He posted a .273 average, .800 OPS, scored 86 runs, smashed 22 home runs and collected 85 RBI in 582 at-bats.
The extension is very team-friendly, and it’s a win-win for both parties involved. The Cardinals keep a talented player for several years, and Piscotty receives financial security.