UPDATE: Wood told the Associated Press that he expects to return to action sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable given to him by team trainers.
SATURDAY, 3:13pm: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kerry Wood has been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and has been given a six-to-eight week recovery timetable.
The strain was revealed underneath Wood’s right shoulder when he had an MRI on Thursday.
Chris Perez, who was picked up last year from the Cardinals in a deal for Mark DeRosa, will serve as the Indians’ closer for at least the month of April. If he pitches well enough, perhaps he’ll even be allowed to retain the role. The 24-year-old Perez had a 1.19 WHIP and a 68/27 K/BB ratio in 57 innings last season between Cleveland and St. Louis. Wood, meanwhile, posted a 4.25 ERA and a 63/28 K/BB ratio in 55 frames for the Tribe.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.