As we wrap up America’s birthday, here are some notes from around baseball…
- Tigers southpaw Daniel Norris left his start tonight during the third inning due to a right oblique strain, the club announced. Norris will undergo an MRI tomorrow to determine the injury’s severity. The lefty spent a month on the DL earlier this season with a mild spinal fracture and he missed roughly a month last season with a similar oblique injury. Detroit already suffered a significant pitching loss earlier today when Jordan Zimmermann was placed on the 15-day DL with a neck strain. Norris has a 4.85 ERA and 16 strikeouts over 13 innings of big league action this season.
- Erick Aybar has been receiving some trade interest, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (Twitter link). Aybar hit his first homer of the season today, and entered Monday’s action hitting .323/.405/.415 over his first 74 plate appearances since returning from the disabled list. Aybar drew some attention as a veteran trade chip for the rebuilding Braves during the spring, but an incredibly poor start to the season cost him his starting job and obliterated his trade value. Even with his recent hot streak, Aybar is still hitting just .226/.282/.286 over 241 PA this season.
- Utilityman Shawn O’Malley has been a valuable part of the Mariners roster this season, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune writes. O’Malley has played every position except pitcher, first base and catcher in 2016 (and he’s Seattle’s emergency catcher) while also providing depth as a switch-hitter, though he has just a .600 OPS over 71 plate appearances. With O’Malley backing up several positions, the Mariners have been able to get by with a three-man bench and carry an extra bullpen arm.