Kyle McClellan left last night’s game with elbow soreness and admitted afterward that he’s been pitching with pain for several weeks now.
McClellan, who underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2006, told Rick Eymer of MLB.com: “The pain is somewhat similar to when I did it in the minors, but that was on one violent pitch. I’m hoping this isn’t like that.”
Eymer reports that McClellan will be examined by team doctors in St. Louis. He’s allowed 11 runs in 19 innings this season, but threw 142 innings with a 4.19 ERA last year while splitting time between the bullpen and rotation to help fill in when Adam Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery of his own.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.