Tyler Walker pitched well for the Nationals through mid-June, posting a 3.57 ERA and 30/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings, but missed the final three months of the season following shoulder surgery.
Based on his recovery timetable the veteran reliever could be ready to pitch again as soon as spring training, but at age 34 he’s reportedly pondering retirement and today the Nationals released Walker.
Walker didn’t make his big-league debut until age 26 and never really got settled in one place thanks to injuries and poor control.
He pitched for five teams in eight years, throwing more than 50 innings in back-to-back seasons just once, but does have a 4.23 ERA in 300 career innings and was briefly a closer for both the Giants and Rays.
If he doesn’t call it quits Walker will likely find a minor-league deal somewhere.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: