According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer has confirmed that Mat Latos will begin the season on the disabled list.
Latos, who has a 9.00 ERA and 5/9 K/BB ratio over 10 innings this spring, was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to an inflamed bursa sac in his throwing shoulder. The young right-hander still felt some pain after doing some rehab work on Friday, but said this morning that he felt fine over the past two days.
There’s reason for concern anytime you start talking about a pitcher’s shoulder, but it’s worth noting that the Padres can go with four starters until April 11. Can’t blame the Padres for being cautious here. Hayes writes that the Padres are confident that Latos “has turned a corner” and that he’s still still scheduled to throw Tuesday, so it’s possible that he’s not that far away.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.