Magglio Ordonez has struggled mightily coming back from the fractured ankle that ended his 2010 season in July, hitting just .172 with one homer in 26 games, and today the Tigers placed him on the disabled list.
Obviously his production at the plate has been non-existent, but the fact that Ordonez has to take his bum ankle out to right field regularly whenever he’s in the lineup because Victor Martinez is taking most of the designated hitter starts will also play a factor in how long the 37-year-old will be shut down this time.
Andy Dirks was called up from Triple-A to take Ordonez’s spot on the roster, but Brennan Boesch will take over as the primary right fielder with Ryan Raburn staying in left field. Ordonez re-signed with Detroit for a one-year, $10 million deal after the Tigers declined their $15 million team option.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.