The Cleveland Indians have selected the contract of catcher George Kottaras, recalled infielder Jesus Aguilar, and designated right-hander Blake Wood for assignment, according to an announcement from the team. The moves correspond with the club's decision to place Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list and Carlos Santana on the 7-day DL with concussion-like symptoms.
Swisher, who hasn't been on the DL since 2005, exited Cleveland's game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday in the eighth inning with knee soreness. Santana has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms since being hit in the head by a a foul tip on Sunday. The two have combined to man first base for Cleveland for the better part of the season.
Aguilar, a 23-year-old minor-leaguer, is likely to step in at first base. He was hitting .286/.386/.508 with seven homers and 19 runs batted in in 171 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus. Kottaras could also fill in at first or appear behind the plate in order to allow some rest to regular catcher Yan Gomes, play first or serve as the designated hitter.
Teixeira dealing with wrist inflammation
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was scratched from Monday's lineup due to some inflammation in his right wrist, as ESPN's Andrew Marchand reports. Offseason free agent signing Kelly Johnson is penciled in to start at first in Tuesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira's wrist was "a little stiff," but also mention that the inflammation and the pain that accompanies it were "expected." Teixeira himself said the pain had "ratcheted up," but team doctors told him that the side effects were completely normal, according to News Day's Eric Boland.
Syndergaard's MRI comes back clean
The New York Mets can breathe a sigh of relief upon receiving the results of top prospect Noah Syndergaard's MRI. As ESPN's Adam Rubin reports, the 21-year-old right-hander's MRI came back clean, meaning the injury to his forearm is unlikely to lead to Tommy John surgery, at least for the moment.
Syndergaard is likely to begin pitching again in the next few days, but the Mets will be keeping a close eye on the situation. He is 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 10 starts with Las Vegas this season.