Dodgers place George Sherrill on outright waivers

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As first reported by Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Dodgers have placed left-handed reliever George Sherrill on outright waivers.

The 29 other teams in Major League Baseball have until Friday to claim him, but it’s highly doubtful that any club will step forward.

Sherrill, 33, posted a depressing 7.32 ERA and 2.24 WHIP in 19.2 innings this season for the Dodgers and is still owed around $2 million.  Opposing batters hit .337/441/.566 against him.

He will almost certainly pass through waivers and end up back in the Dodgers’ system, probably at Triple-A Albuquerque. 

Sherill had a 1.70 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 69 innings between Los Angeles and Baltimore last season before signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Dodgers in mid-January that allowed both sides to avoid an often-tumultuous salary arbitration hearing.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.