General manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Phil Hughes’ status, revealing that the right-hander got a cortisone shot in his injured shoulder last week and is likely at least 6-8 weeks from potentially rejoining the Yankees’ rotation.
According to Cashman he “feels significantly better” but will remain shut down for two more weeks, at which point Hughes could be cleared to begin a throwing program.
While the latest on Hughes qualifies as a positive because he doesn’t have thoracic outlet syndrome and there’s now an actual timetable for his return, there’s still no clear-cut explanation for his arm problems and he’s hardly a sure thing to pitch again this season.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.