And now for the least surprising news you’ll hear all day.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled minor league rehab start this evening due to shoulder discomfort.
Webb, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Opening Day of the 2009 season, was scheduled to make his first start with Triple-A Round Rock. He was being moved up for Friday’s outing, despite posting an ugly 9.75 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio over four starts with Double-A Frisco. He allowed four runs over five innings in his last start last Friday.
The Rangers signed Webb to a one-year contract with $3 million in guaranteed salary, but it’s increasingly likely that he won’t throw a pitch for the big-league club.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.