Rockies starter Aaron Cook is fully recovered from the broken fibula that he suffered last September when National League MVP Joey Votto struck him in the leg with a one-hopper. But it’s already pretty apparent that he is behind the other Colorado pitchers in camp this spring.
According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Cook is battling a bit of soreness in his right shoulder and will be held out of workouts for the next couple of days. It’s not anything to worry about yet, he’s simply battling through routine inflammation after a winter spent rehabbing his snapped right leg.
“(Trainer Keith Dugger) said it would be best if we just back off for a few days,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Sunday morning. “There was a little something there, so we don’t want to push it.”
The Rockies are hoping for a healthy and effective Cook this season. Last year his sinking fastball failed him and he turned in a rough 5.08 ERA and 1.56 WHIP over 23 starts. It was his worst finish since 2003.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.