Hanshin has deactivated Kevin Mench and replaced him on the roster with utility infielder Aarom Baldiris. Mench's struggles have been well-publicized, and now the team is looking for a physiological explanation for his performance. Hanshin's trainer commented that Mench is "horribly fatigued".
Baldiris is a useful utility guy who made a good impression last year with his hustle and positive attitude, but he's kind of a fringey NPB'er and certainly not the mid-lineup Hanshin thought they were getting in Mench. To that end, the Tigers have deployed US-based scouts Tom O'Malley and Andy Sheets in case they need to make a mid-season acquisition.