According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, the Twins have placed Kevin Slowey on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down after an appearance Monday with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire initially called “biceps discomfort.”
Slowey was moved to the bullpen at the end of spring training after the final spot in the starting rotation was awarded to Scott Baker. He has allowed one run over 3 2/3 innings across his first three relief appearances this season while striking out three and walking one.
The Twins have called up Alex Burnett to take Slowey’s place on the active roster. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 5.29 ERA and 37/23 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings with the Twins last season.
Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.
Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.
Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.
In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”