Diamondbacks reliever Matt Reynolds hasn’t pitched since June due to an elbow injury and is headed for Tommy John surgery after suffering a setback in his rest-and-rehab attempt.
Reynolds was acquired from the Rockies in November and tossed 27 innings with a 1.98 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio before going on the disabled list, but now he’ll likely miss all of next season and throw his next big-league pitch at age 30.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.