As first reported by beat writer John Tomase of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have signed veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Cordero sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery in early April.
He surrendered 61 hits and 35 runs (33 earned) in 39 1/3 innings between the Astros and Blue Jays in 2012 for a WHIP of 2.00 and an ERA of 7.55.
The 38-year-old former Reds closer boasts 329 career saves and a 3.38 career ERA, but it’s doubtful at this point that he makes a positive impact in Boston. He’s probably ticketed for Triple-A Pawtucket.
This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.
De La Rosa has had elbow issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.
I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.
He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.
Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.
Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.