Rockies starter Roy Oswalt had to leave in the second inning of this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after straining his left hamstring covering home plate after throwing a wild pitch. Eric Chavez scored on the play, giving the Diamondbacks their first run of the game. Edgmer Escalona relieved Oswalt but gave up three runs in the third.
The Rockies had signed Oswalt to a Minor League deal on May 2, paying him a salary of $2.3 million if he made it back to the Majors. After five starts with Double-A Tulsa, with whom he posted a 2.16 ERA in 33.1 innings, the Rockies promoted Oswalt and had him make his season debut on June 20. In his three starts entering this afternoon, he had surrendered 14 runs in 16 innings.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.