Kevin Slowey didn’t pitch at all in the majors this season, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest. At least if what Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com was told can be believed.
Slowey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with R.A. Dickey last offseason, but he didn’t enjoy nearly the same success in 2012. The Indians picked him up as rotation insurance in January following Roberto Hernandez’s arrest in the Dominican Republic, but he failed to make the rotation out of spring training. Slowey ended up making just eight starts at Triple-A Columbus due to a stress fracture in his rib cage, posting a 5.14 ERA and 34/13 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. He made $2.75 million this season and was set to get a raise in arbitration, so the Indians recently decided to cut him loose.
Slowey has a 4.66 ERA over five major league seasons, all with the Twins. The 28-year-old right-hander may struggle to get a guaranteed major league contract.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.
Earlier, Craig asked if Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber would play the outfield now that the World Series has come to Chicago, where there will be no DH. The answer to that is no, it appears. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that Schwarber has not been medically cleared to play the outfield, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Schwarber returned to the Cubs sooner than expected after suffering a fully-torn ACL and LCL in his left leg during an early April collision with teammate Dexter Fowler in Arizona. In preparation to join the Cubs for the World Series, Schwarber went to the Arizona Fall League and reportedly saw over 1,000 pitches from machines as well as Single-A pitchers. He doesn’t look like he’s missed a beat as he went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (that was very nearly a home run) in Game 1, then drew a walk and hit two RBI singles in five plate appearances in Game 2.
At least right now, however, it appears Schwarber will serve as a bat off the bench for Games 3, 4, and 5 until he gets medical clearance.