Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have recalled pitchers Fernando Salas (from Triple-A Salt Lake) and Cam Bedrosian (from Double-A Arkansas). To create room for them on the roster, the Angels optioned pitcher Michael Roth to Double-A and placed pitcher Joe Thatcher on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.
As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register surmises, Bedrosian’s stay with the big club could only last a day. Outfielder Collin Cowgill, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right thumb, could be activated.
This is totally unexpected and definitely unfortunate: The New York Yankees just released a statement from CC Sabathia saying that he is checking himself into alcohol rehabilitation center.
There will no doubt be additional details and reporting going forward, but this is all we have at the moment.
Sabathia, who was involved in a relatively minor incident outside a nightclub back in August, has battled injuries and ineffectiveness for the past three seasons but has, in his last few starts, shown himself to be effective, even if he’s not to the level he once was. And, should the Yankees advance past the Wild Card game, one would have assumed that the Yankees would’ve been counting on him for the playoff rotation.
Now, however, that seems both doubtful and completely superfluous. Here’s hoping Sabathia deals with whatever problems he’s facing and comes out healthy on the other end.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey following a season in which the staff ranked ninth among NL teams in runs allowed.
That actually represents a big improvement from last season, when the Diamondbacks allowed the second-most runs in the league in Harkey’s first year as pitching coach, but the Tony La Russa-led front office has decided to make a change.
Prior to joining the Diamondbacks two offseasons ago Harkey served as the Yankees’ bullpen coach from 2008-2013. He pitched eight seasons in the majors.