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 Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.