Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to fire him.
Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still have pitching coach openings, but presumably rejoining the Mets isn’t an option for Peterson after he was fired by New York in mid-2008 along with manager Willie Randolph.
Peterson had a tough job in Milwaukee, taking over a pitching staff that allowed the league’s second-most runs in 2009. They improved this season, but only slightly, allowing the third-most runs in the league. He made a name for himself as the A’s pitching coach when The Big Three of Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, and Mark Mulder were atop the rotation, but his star has dimmed considerably since then and he may have to settle for a minor-league gig at this point.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.