Zach Neto is getting plunked frequently enough to make history. He says he is used to it at this point. Fangraphs has the Angels in Tier 3 “Solid Contenders” in their latest power ranking, although the Angels have the lowest odds of making the playoffs of anybody in that tier.
Bryce Harper is cleared to return as the Phillies designated hitter. The Dodgers just designated catcher Austin Wynns for assignment. They only signed him a couple of weeks ago. The Guardians designated catcher Meibrys Viloria for assignment and selected the contract of catcher/infielder David Fry. They also traded Konnor Pilkington to the Diamondbacks for cash considerations. Diego Castillo cleared waivers and the Mariners will outright him to Triple-A Tacoma.
The Tigers signed lefty Sam Clay to a minor league deal. The Mets will select the contract of left handed relief pitcher Zach Muckenhirn. The Yankees were hopeful that Aaron Judge can stay off the injured list. He is headed for the 10 day IL, though. He will have plenty of company. Here is the Yankees list of guys on various injured lists as of May 1, 2023.
Ronald Acuna Jr. got zapped on the shoulder and had to leave the game yesterday.
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