With that headline, one’s instinct is to interpret it metaphorically, but Padres catcher Nick Hundley, starter Clayton Richard, and pitching coach Darren Balsley were literally trapped in an office prior to this afternoon’s series finale at Coors Field.
Via MLB.com’s Corey Brock:
For about 10 minutes, Bossart and Coors Field clubhouse workers tried different keys and other means to open the door. Nothing worked. Soon enough, Padres players, coaches and staff gathered around, laughing.
Outfielder Chris Denorfia placed speakers next to the door and played “Break on Through” by The Doors.
“[Balsley] is going through the vent,” Hundley joked.
Finally, someone inside the room pulled the door from its hinges, and Bossart kicked in the door to his own office to free the players with plenty of time to spare before the game.
That situation vaguely reminds me of this hilarious scene from the 1993 film Rookie of the Year.
Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is narrowing his pool of potential suitors, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Returning to the Orioles is one option, of course, but Heyman also mentions another two undisclosed teams who are still in the running. An earlier report from Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun suggests that as many as four teams may be in the mix; either way, a final decision is expected by Monday.
Tillman, 29, has spent the entirety of his major league career in Baltimore. After posting career-high numbers in 2016, his progress was derailed during an injury-plagued 2017 campaign, during which he missed nearly six weeks on the disabled list with recurring right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with a bloated 7.84 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 4.9 SO/9 over 93 innings.
While the mystery teams have yet to reveal themselves, the Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran right-hander this offseason. Both the Blue Jays and Twins have made big moves to bolster their rotations over the last few days, with the additions of Jaime Garcia and Jake Odorizzi, respectively. That doesn’t mean that Tillman is out of reach, however — if his price is right, he could provide some much-needed depth for pitching staffs that finished 15th and 22nd in the league last year.