Astros place Wandy Rodriguez on DL with elbow injury, will promote Jordan Lyles

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The Astros have placed Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list with fluid in his left elbow joint, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

As we mentioned here on HBT yesterday, Rodriguez was scratched from today’s scheduled start against the Diamondbacks with discomfort in his elbow. Bud Norris will move up a day to start in his place.

In yesterday’s post, I also speculated that top prospect right-hander Jordan Lyles could potentially get the call from the minors if Rodriguez required an extended absence and that’s precisely what will happen. Lyles is now scheduled to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Cubs.

Lyles, a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, has a 3.49 ERA over parts of four seasons in the minor leagues, averaging 8.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9. The 20-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA over his first 10 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. While not a hard-thrower, he has a four-pitch arsenal and a plus-changeup. He was ranked as the No. 42 prospect in the game by Baseball America prior to the season.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.