In this afternoon’s series finale in Colorado, Dodgers starter Matt Magill posted one of the uglier lines you’ll see this season. In six innings of work, the right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits (four of which were home runs) and nine walks while striking out five. The line, as Eric Stephen points out, at least put him in the same conversation as Steve Carlton, surprisingly enough:
The outing bumped Magill’s ERA up to 6.38 on the season, making it easy for the Dodgers to demote him to make room for Yasiel Puig. The loss marks the fourth in the last five games for the Dodgers as they welcome in the Padres, Braves, and Diamondbacks for a ten-game homestand.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.