Phillies prospect left-hander Adam Morgan has been discussed as a potential option for the major league rotation at some point this season, but any such plans have been put on hold.
Morgan, who left a start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley two weeks ago with a shoulder issue, was diagnosed with a small tear in his rotator cuff. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the young left-hander will opt for rehab over surgery, as he will either get a platelet rich plasma injection or a cortisone injection in the next week. He’ll be shut down for a couple of weeks at the very least.
Selected in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Morgan owns a 3.33 ERA over his first 254 innings as a pro. The 23-year-old has a 4.97 ERA and 29/12 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings over eight starts this season in Triple-A.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.