Bloggers shed light on Valverde age controversy

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Sparked by some nice work from MLB Trade Rumors and MVN’s Lisa Gray, the Astros have revealed that an error was made in recent media guides, giving Jose Valverde a birthdate of June 24, 1979, rather than his actual DOB of March 24, 1978.
This obviously wasn’t just an Astros mistake, as Valverde has been listed as a 1979 birth by many publications dating back to his days as a prospect in the Arizona system. Others have had the correct date. I believe Rotoworld has always gone by the correct date, though I’m struggling to come up with any old examples of us stating Valverde’s age. I did have him listed at age 32, as of Opening Day, 2010, in our free agency preview back in May.
Even if some teams did think he was 15 months younger than he is, it really shouldn’t be much of an issue when he becomes a free agent this winter. Age is far more of an issue when it comes to hitters. Assuming that he finishes the season healthy, Valverde figures to be regarded as the top closer available over alternatives like Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, Billy Wagner and Mike Gonzalez.

Steve Delabar among three suspended after testing positive

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Three players were suspended on Monday after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. They are: Indians pitcher Steve Delabar, Mariners pitcher Jonathan Aro, and free agent pitcher Jeffry Hernandez. Aro got a 50-game suspension while the other two were handed 80-game suspensions.

Delabar, 33, hasn’t pitched yet this season after signing a minor league deal with the Indians back in January. He spent last year with the Reds as well as the Hiroshima Carp in the Japan Central League. The right-hander has struggled over the last few seasons.

Aro, 26, also hasn’t appeared yet this season in the minors. He’s worked mostly in relief. The right-hander appeared briefly in the majors with the Mariners last season and logged 10 1/3 innings in the show with the Red Sox in 2015. Aro went to the Mariners along with Wade Miley in the trade that brought the Red Sox Carson Smith and Roenis Elias.

Hernandez, 22, is a free agent and his suspension will be effective if and when he signs with a new team.

Phillies place Aaron Nola on the disabled list

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The Phillies announced on Monday that starter Aaron Nola has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a lower back strain.

Nola, 23, compiled a 4.50 ERA with a 15/6 K/BB ratio over his first three starts spanning 16 innings. He felt some back soreness during his last start on Thursday against the Mets, and it lingered when he had a side session on Sunday.

CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury hears that the Phillies are likely to call up Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Nola’s place in the rotation. Nola was scheduled to start on Wednesday.

Pivetta, 24, was acquired from the Nationals in the Jonathan Papelbon trade in July 2015. At Triple-A so far, Pivetta has given up only two earned runs on 12 hits and two walks with 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.