Earlier, Craig wrote about Orioles pitcher Johan Santana potentially having an Achilles injury. It’s worst case news: Santana tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season, ending his attempt at a comeback, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The injury, obviously, puts his major league career in doubt.
Santana, 35, reportedly suffered the injury retrieving a ball that hit him. He had been working his way back from left shoulder surgery. The lefty signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March which would have paid him $3 million if he was able to work his way back to the majors. The O’s had recently purchased his contract and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, signifying progress.
Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Mets, posting a 4.85 ERA in 117 innings over 21 starts. If his playing career is done, he’ll quit a two-time Cy Young award winner with a career 3.20 ERA and 1,988 strikeouts in 2,025 2/3 innings.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.