This certainly hasn’t been Tim Stauffer’s year. Four days after making his season debut against the Nationals, the right-hander has gone right back on the disabled list due to a sprained right elbow.
Stauffer’s original injury that kept him out the first five weeks of the season was termed a right elbow strain. After a rehab assignment, he returned to give up four runs — three earned — in five innings versus Washington on Monday.
It’s yet to be announced who is pitching in his place Saturday. Left-hander Eric Stults, who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox yesterday, is one possibility.
Stauffer, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft, was a nice story for the Padres in 2010, when he amassed a 1.85 ERA in seven starts and 25 relief appearances, and he remained pretty good as a full-time starter last year, going 9-12 with a 3.73 ERA. Still, he’s never been able to escape the injury bug that’s held him back from the moment he was drafted. Now it looks like 2012 could go down as another lost year for him.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.