As expected, the Brewers have activated right-handed reliever Jim Henderson from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. Tyler Thornburg was optioned to Triple-A Nashville late Saturday to open up a roster spot.
Henderson wound up missing exactly 15 days with a strained right hamstring. He had a stellar 0.92 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings before hitting the shelf and should immediately take back the Brewers’ ninth-inning job from Francisco Rodriguez, who performed admirably as a fill-in.
Henderson, a 30-year-old late-bloomer, has registered an impressive 2.50 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 68/18 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings since making his major league debut last July 26. It’s quite a success story.
UPDATE, 10:40 AM ET: MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers will keep K-Rod in the ninth-inning role until he reaches career save No. 300. The 31-year-old is currently sitting on 298 saves.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent right-hander Alex Cobb, who rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Rays earlier this week. Cobb was most recently linked to the Cubs, who reportedly reached out to his agent during the GM Meetings and garnered mutual interest from the righty, but nothing appears to be set in stone yet.
Cobb, 30, completed his sixth season with the Rays in 2017. He went 12-10 in 29 starts and turned in a respectable 3.66 ERA, 6.4 SO/9 and career-best 2.2 BB/9 in 179 1/3 innings. Despite losing a couple of weeks to turf toe, he remained healthy for most of the year and showed no signs of the elbow issues that robbed him of the majority of his 2015-2016 campaigns.
It’s still fairly early for any deals to come to fruition, but Morosi notes that the Orioles seem to be focused on bulking up their rotation during the first few months of the offseason. It’ll take more than a healthy Alex Cobb to right that ship, however: Orioles’ starters earned a collective 5.70 ERA and 5.5 fWAR in 2017, good for worst and fourth-worst marks in the league, respectively. Behind Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy (and perhaps Gabriel Ynoa/Miguel Castro), they still need three viable starters to compete in 2018. Whether or not they can afford to spring for a single starter with Cobb’s price tag (four years, $48 million, per MLB Trade Rumors) remains to be seen.