Now that Carl Pavano is nearing the end of the line at age 36 and coming off a season wrecked by shoulder problems he’s thinking a reunion with the Marlins might be a good idea.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Pavano’s agent “has reached out to the Marlins” and will meet with them at the winter meetings next week.
Pavano left the Marlins as a free agent following the 2004 season, signing with the Yankees. He’s spent the past three-and-a-half seasons with the Twins, but was limited to just 11 ineffective starts this year and was on the disabled list for the final four months.
Even if Pavano can convince the Marlins that he’s reasonably healthy his velocity and strikeout rate have fallen far enough that he’s little more than a potential fourth or fifth starter. For a cheap one-year deal or a minor-league contract a reunion could make sense, particularly since Pavano and new Marlins manager Mike Redmond played together in both Florida and Minnesota.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.