Padres closer Huston Street has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, reports MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Street, with a 4.43 ERA on the season, is dealing with a left calf injury and has pitched just once, on Saturday, since May 21. It is the same calf Street injured last year, which forced the right-hander to miss most of August and September. Brock notes the injury is less severe than last year, however.
Manger Bud Black intends to rely on Luke Gregerson to nail down saves in the meantime. Gregerson is carrying a 0.76 ERA in 20.1 innings. To fill Street’s vacant roster spot, the Padres have promoted lefty Tom Layne from Triple-A Tucson.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.