Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein announced Saturday that outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland has a “cavernous malformation” in his brain and will require surgery to fix it.
From the description of a brain malformation on the Providence Journal’s website, it sounds like he should be able to make a full recovery. Still, any time you combine the words “brain” and “surgery” there is obvious reason for concern. Westmoreland, 19, is an immensely talented prospect, and hit .296/401/.484 with seven homers, 35 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 223 at-bats last season for Single-A Lowell.
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.