MLB Weekly Digest August 13th Edition

MLB Weekly Digest August 13th Edition

The last week in MLB was about a tremendous outfielder being placed on the disabled list, a reliever in the National League who will be sidelined for an extended period and a starting pitcher in the American League is moved to the bullpen.

Los Angeles Angels Place Outfielder Mike Trout on Disabled List with Wrist Injury

The Los Angeles Angels will be without one of the best players in baseball for quite some time as they placed outfielder Mike Trout on the 10-day disabled list with right wrist inflammation.

The spectacular outfielder hadn’t played in a game since Aug. 1 when he jammed his wrist while sliding into third base against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Trout is having another MVP-type season. He’s posted a .309 batting average and 1.083 OPS in 109 games with 30 home runs, 60 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and 82 runs scored.

The success for Trout during the 2018 campaign hasn’t helped the Angels as the team is 59-60 and they trail the Houston Astros by 14 games in the American League West.

Though the Angels are headed for a fourth straight year missing the playoffs, a healthy version of Trout is great for baseball as he’s a special player.

Los Angeles Dodgers Place Closer Kenley Jansen on Disabled List with Irregular Heartbeat

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without a critical member of their bullpen for several weeks. The team placed closer Kenley Jansen on the 10-day disabled list with an irregular heartbeat.

Jansen is expected to be sidelined for at least one month while he undergoes treatment and the condition is considered very manageable, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

He might be out up to six weeks if he needs to go on blood thinners said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange-County Register.

This isn’t the first time Jansen has dealt with heart problems as he was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat in 2011 and 2012. He did have heart surgery in October of 2012.

The Dodgers will miss his presence in the bullpen as he’s having another solid season.

The reliever has compiled 2.15 ERA in 51 appearances (54 1/3 innings) with 32 saves, 61 strikeouts, six home runs yielded, a 0.90 WHIP and a 3.12 FIP.

The Dodgers will have reliever Scott Alexander occupy the closer role until Jansen can return to the team fully healthy.

Seattle Mariners Move Struggling Starting Pitcher Felix Hernandez to Bullpen

The Seattle Mariners have made a move that was a long time coming as starting pitcher Felix Hernandez will pitch out of the bullpen, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

Hernandez is having a nightmarish season on the mound, as indicated by a 5.73 ERA in 124 innings (23 starts) with 99 strikeouts, 46 walks issued, 20 home runs surrendered, a 1.43 WHIP and a 5.04 FIP.

The extremely high ERA is not only the worst of his career, but it’s also the second-worst in MLB among qualified pitchers.

The other pitcher with a worse ERA is Chicago White Sox starter Lucas Giolito as he’s accumulated a 6.23 ERA.

The Mariners are fighting for a spot in the playoffs and can’t afford to have Hernandez remain in the rotation.

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