Not so long ago George Sherrill was one of the best left-handed specialists in baseball, but he missed nearly all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery and has struggled to come back this year.
And today the Royals released him from Triple-A, where Sherrill had a 6.23 ERA and 14 walks in 21.2 innings.
For his nine-year career Sherrill has held left-handed hitters to a .186 batting average and as recently as 2011 he had a 3.00 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning, but at age 36 he might be just about done. He did have a good strikeout rate while struggling overall at Triple-A, so maybe someone will give him one last look.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.