Charlie Manuel reacts to the Phillies sell-off:
“Yeah, 2008 is getting to be long ago,” Manuel said. “I look up at the pictures up on the wall in our locker room and yeah, it’s getting to be a pretty long time ago.”
That sounds depressing, especially if, like me, you love Manuel. But it’s not that gloomy. This article at CSNPhilly.com reminds folks of the last time the Phillies were in sell-mode. It was 2006, Pat Gillick said they’d compete again in 2008 and they won the whole damn thing.
Of course, Pat Gillick isn’t running things now, so perhaps expectations should be adjusted accordingly …
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.