David Phelps has been on the disabled list for a month with a strained forearm and now his minor-league rehab assignment has been put on hold due to a new injury.
Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Phelps has been diagnosed with “another strain in the area that connects his forearm and his elbow” and will be shut down for at least two weeks, putting the Yankees right-hander’s status for the remainder of the season in jeopardy.
Manager Joe Girardi called the new injury “strange” and “concerning” while McCullough notes that if Phelps does come back in time to pitch again this season it would likely be as a reliever. He has a 4.39 ERA in 23 starts for the Yankees since last season.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.
Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.
The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.
Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.
Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.
Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.