Hey, Randy Keisler is back on the baseball scene. Kind of.
According to his representation’s official Twitter feed, the 35-year-old left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Thursday with the Dodgers.
Keisler hasn’t pitched in a major league game since back in 2007, when he registered a 5.19 ERA and allowed 21 hits over 17.1 innings in a short-lived stint with the Cardinals. He posted a 3.98 ERA in seven starts last year for Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League, but his control wasn’t great and he seems likely to spend all of 2011 in the Dodgers’ farm system.
We’ll call him camp depth. Or a cheesy screenplay in the making.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers left-hander Manny Parra was lifted from his Thursday Cactus League appearance against the A’s after just one batter due to tightness in his lower back.
Parra revealed after the game that he has been dealing with back issues for much of spring training. The Brewers are likely to give him several days of rest while the discomfort calms.
Parra, 28, registered a lousy 5.02 ERA across 122 innings last season while serving as both a starter and reliever. He fanned 129 batters for an impressive 9.52 K/9, but he walked 68 batters and was generally far too inconsistent.
The Brewers made a couple of major upgrades to their starting rotation this winter via the trading block (see: Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum) and are expected to use Parra solely in relief in 2011.
The Rockies got a little scare from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Thursday in camp.
The 26-year-old was lifted prematurely from the Rockies’ Grapefruit League game against the Giants after nailing his right heel with the tip of his bat on a hard third-strike swing. A trainer met him just outside the batter’s box and he headed to the clubhouse for further examination.
That further examination didn’t take long.
Tulowitzki was diagnosed quickly with only a bruised heel, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, and is expected to be just fine after a couple days of rest. He was already scheduled to skip Friday’s road game against the Indians along with a handful of other Rockies regulars. Look for him to return at some point this weekend or, at the latest, early next week.
The Yankees still aren’t sure how serious Francisco Cervelli’s left foot injury might be.
The 24-year-old catcher exited Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros after fouling a ball off his foot. Trainers took him immediately for an MRI and CT scan, but the results on both tests were inconclusive.
Now those MRI and CT scan readings are going to be shipped back to New York for further review by team physicians. Yankees manager Joe Girardi spoke about the matter Thursday with a group of reporters, including MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:
“He did feel a little bit better today, but there’s still some concern,” said Girardi. “We’ll just wait to see what [the doctors] say.”
Girardi acknowledged that an extended absence could hurt Cervelli’s chances of making the club’s Opening Day roster. He was hoping to serve as Russell Martin’s backup to begin the 2011 season.