Rays left-hander David Price is on the right track in his recovery from a strained left triceps muscle.
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, Price is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Friday since landing on the disabled list May 16. He will probably have to go through three or four more mound workouts after that in order to receive clearance to advance to a minor league rehab start.
Price was projected to be out until mid-to-late June when his triceps strain was originally diagnosed and his rehab so far is fitting that timetable. The 27-year-old has made only nine starts this season. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012.
Top pitching prospects Jake Odorizzi and Chris Archer have made starts in Price’s place.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.