Anibal Sanchez has yet to make his spring training debut because of a shoulder injury and manager Ozzie Guillen said today that it’ll probably be a while before the right-hander is cleared for game action.
“We’re not going to put a guy out there just because,” Guillen told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald. “When he’s ready to pitch, he’ll pitch. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but it could be a big deal if we don’t handle it the right way.”
Sanchez had shoulder surgery as a prospect and also missed a big chunk of the 2009 season with a shoulder sprain, so this is more worrisome than the average early camp soreness. For now he’s aiming to throw a bullpen session tomorrow.
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.