According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen has been shut down for the rest of the season because of lingering discomfort in his throwing shoulder.
Olsen hasn’t pitched since September 17, when he allowed three hits and an earned run in a two-inning relief appearance against the Phillies.
“He was going to throw a bullpen session the other day,” manager Jim
Riggleman said. “He didn’t feel really good. He has some aches and pains
that indicted that trying to get him up in the bullpen just wouldn’t
work. It’s not working for Scott.”
The 26-year-old Olsen turned in a 5.56 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 81 innings this season, serving both as a starter and long reliever. He struck out 53 batters and walked 27.
He is arbitration-eligible this offseason and will almost certainly be non-tendered.
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.