When the Diamondbacks demoted 26-year-old veteran Trevor Cahill all the way down to Single-A three weeks ago they apparently did so while promising him that he’d be back in the majors by a certain date.
According to Zach Buchanan of the Arizona Republic the right-hander “agreed to go down to the minors instead of opting to be a free agent after being designated for assignment because he trusted the organization to do right by him.”
General manager Kevin Towers told Buchanan that “there’s a time we’re going to bring him back either in the pen or as a starter” and “we discussed all that with him before he went down.”
Which is fine, except Cahill–who was later moved up from Single-A to Triple-A–has a 6.60 ERA in four starts since the demotion, allowing 12 runs and 20 baserunners in 14 innings. He’s done nothing to warrant a return to the Diamondbacks, so if he does get a call-up expect it to be in a low-leverage relief role.
The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.
Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”
Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.
Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.