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.
The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.
For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.
While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”