After spending the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a knee injury Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday, according to Darren Smith of 1090-AM radio in San Diego.
Smith reports that Quentin is traveling with the Padres to Cincinnati, where they begin a three-game series against the Reds tomorrow night. Quentin has gone just 3-for-18 on a minor-league rehab assignment, so he may still be working off some rust.
Quentin has been tremendously productive for the Padres, hitting .268 with an .866 OPS despite calling pitcher’s haven Petco Park home, but he’s been healthy enough to play just 168 of a possible 363 games in two-plus seasons. San Diego has plenty of outfield depth right–including Seth Smith, Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, and Cameron Maybin–so it could make sense to limit Quentin’s workload for a while at least.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.