Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish was placed on the disabled list yesterday with right elbow inflammation, but the good news is that it’s not considered serious.
According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Darvish underwent tests today which showed that the inflammation is mild. Team physician Keith Meister said there’s no indication that this is a long-term issue which will require surgery, but Darvish won’t be cleared to resume throwing until the soreness subsides. And so, it’s unclear whether he will pitch again this season, but there’s no real sense of urgency since the Rangers have the worst record in the majors.
“I want to go out there and compete, but I also think about the long-term situation,” Darvish said. “I don’t want to go out there and risk my future. I don’t want my elbow to be aggravated.”
Darvish has been on the DL in each of his three seasons with the Rangers. A Major League Baseball season is harder on pitchers than what he experienced in Japan Darvish said.
“It’s evident because of so many injuries we have in Major League Baseball,” Darvish said.
Darvish, 27, has compiled a 3.06 ERA and 182/49 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings this season. He’s owed $31 million over the next three seasons, a sum which has the potential to prove as a major bargain if he can remain healthy.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.
The Phillies reportedly signed veteran outfielder Daniel Nava to a minor league contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nava began the season on a one-year contract with the Angels, during which he slashed .235/.309/.303 through 136 PA in the first half of 2016. He was flipped to the Royals in late August for a player to be named later and saw the remainder of his year go down the drain on an .091 average through 12 PA in Anaheim. After getting the boot from the Angels’ 40-man roster in November, the 33-year-old outfielder elected free agency.
Nava is expected to compete for a bench role on the Phillies’ roster in the spring. As it currently stands, the club’s projected 2017 outfield features Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera, with precious little depth behind them. Nava’s bat is underwhelming, but at the very least he offers the Phillies a warm body in left field and a potential platoon partner for one of their younger options, a la Tyler Goeddel or Roman Quinn.