Kendall Graveman’s promising rookie season is on hold, as the A’s placed the 24-year-old right-hander on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.
Graveman was acquired from the Blue Jays in the offseason deal for Josh Donaldson and struggled initially, getting sent back to the minors in late April. He returned to Oakland’s rotation a month later and has been very solid since, throwing 99 innings with a 3.35 ERA and 70/29 K/BB ratio.
Given the lingering nature of oblique strains, Graveman’s workload, and the A’s last-place standing it’s possible he’ll simply be shut down for the season at some point.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.