Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times heard from Jonathan Broxton’s agent Thursday that an MRI taken on the right-hander’s troublesome right elbow showed no structural damage.
But it’s not all good news.
According to the agent, B.B. Abbott, a bone spur was found at the back of Broxton’s right elbow and some bruising was also discovered. It’s not anything that will require surgery, but it could delay the closer’s rehabilitation process.
The Dodgers are going to wait a couple of days to see how Broxton responds to treatment before making a decision about placing him on the 15-day disabled list. Hong-Chih Kuo and Vicente Padilla will continue to draw save opportunities in the meantime.
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.