Barring an emergency situation, the Yankees will be without Mariano Rivera for a second straight night.
According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Rivera still felt some tightness in his right triceps muscle while long-tossing with Boone Logan before tonight’s game against the Indians.
“I feel better today but I think we’re going to do another day off,” Rivera said about an hour before the beginning of Tuesday night’s game between the Yankees and Indians at Progressive Field. “I felt it a little bit. I could pitch, yes, but if they can get by another day, it would be much better. And wiser I would say so.”
While Rivera maintained that he is “not concerned” about the injury, he acknowledged that “after 17 years of doing this you’re going to have some soreness.”
Rivera, 41, has a 1.91 ERA, 21 saves and a 28/5 K/BB ratio over 35 appearances this season. He is currently on pace for 68 appearances, which would be his most since 2005.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”