The Mariners’ bullpen will be without a key cog for the near future, as Stephen Pryor was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening with a tear in the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder.
According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the tear was found by Mariners medical director Edward Khalfayan after Pryor complained of tightness in his back during an appearance against the Rangers yesterday. It’s not clear how long he’ll be sidelined, but it’s safe to say that the injury will require a lengthy absence.
After posting a 3.91 ERA and 27/13 K/BB ratio over 23 innings as a rookie last year, Pryor has allowed just three hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings this season to go along with a 7/1 K/BB ratio. His control is the biggest question, but the hard-throwing 23-year-old has the potential to be a dominant late-inning arm.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.