Roy Oswalt‘s final rehab outing didn’t go very well and yet the Phillies still activated him this week with confidence, so maybe Wednesday night’s poor showing by rehabbing reliever Jose Contreras won’t matter. But it was certainly an ugly one.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Contreras failed to make it through one inning of work in his first rehab appearance this evening at Single-A Clearwater, surrendering three runs and four hits before getting yanked at 21 pitches.
Contreras is on the disabled list currently with a Grade 1 strain of his throwing elbow. He’s aiming to return to the major leagues within the next next five or six days.
The veteran right-hander had thrown eight scoreless innings and successfully converted all five of his save chances before the injury. Ryan Madson has been handling the ninth inning for the Phillies all this month.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.