He pitched a simulated game with no apparent hitches, but it still kinda sounds like he’s throwing in the towel for 2009:
“I can promise you this. On Feb. 15 or whatever day it
is I report [for spring training], I’ll be in as good of shape as
anybody and be ready to pitch and expect nothing less than what I’ve
done in years, which is giving my team a chance to win and work 200
plus innings. That’s where I stand.”
The Sox really have no idea if Peavy can go for the rest of the season. If it were me, I’d let it slide at this point and do everything possible to ensure that he’s good to go on opening day 2010.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.
Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.
The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.
Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.