Marlins reliever Carter Capps landed on the disabled list earlier this week with a right elbow sprain and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that he’ll see Dr. James Andrews next Wednesday.
Capps, who was acquired from the Mariners in the Logan Morrison deal, allowed three runs in 12 innings with a 15/3 K/BB ratio after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans last month. A “sprain” is a “tear” by definition, but the Marlins haven’t said whether he has any damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.
The hard-throwing Capps has been shut down for four weeks, but there should be more clarity on his status after he sees Dr. Andrews. Either way, a return to the Marlins’ bullpen doesn’t appear imminent.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.