Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately avoided a serious injury of his own, but manager Jim Tracy stressed yesterday that the Rockies won’t rush Stewart back into the lineup because then “you’re asking for trouble and I had enough of that last year.”
By signing Ty Wigginton to a two-year, $7.5 million deal this offseason the Rockies have an obvious replacement for Stewart at third base, although Wigginton’s defense at the hot corner is pretty shaky at this point and he played just 166 innings there for the Orioles last season.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.