The Rockies claimed 25-year-old Clayton Mortensen off waivers from the A’s last week and designated right-hander Samuel Deduno for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. Deduno, though, was teamless for only a short period of time.
According to MLB.com’s transactions page, the Padres claimed the 27-year-old off waivers on Saturday evening.
Deduno finished with a 2.93 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in six starts at the Triple-A level last season, striking out 29 batters in 30.2 innings. He made four relief appearances in the majors as a September call-up.
Control and injury issues have been a problem, but Deduno has posted quality minor league strikeout rates when healthy and should at least develop into a solid long reliever at the big league level. For now, the Padres will probably use him as starting rotation depth.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.