Oakland has placed left-hander Drew Pomeranz on the disabled list with a fractured right (non-pitching) hand, putting on hold what had been a nice season for the former top prospect who’d previously struggled in the majors with the Rockies.
Pomeranz got knocked around for eight runs in his last start, but still takes a nice 2.91 ERA with him to the disabled list along with a 48/23 K/BB ratio in 56 innings. To replace him on the roster the A’s recalled Evan Scribner from Triple-A and the A’s also just acquired Triple-A left-hander Brad Mills from the Brewers as a potential rotation fill-in.
Pomeranz was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Indians, who traded him to the Rockies as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. Colorado then sent him to Oakland for Brett Anderson this offseason.
UPDATE: It turns out that Pomeranz broke his non-pitching hand when he punched a wooden chair in the clubhouse following his rough outing. At least he didn’t use his pitching hand, I guess.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.