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 outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.