MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Angels pitcher John Lamb has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a second time for a drug of abuse.
Lamb, 26, underwent back surgery last October to repair a lumbar disc herniation. The Reds designated him for assignment shortly thereafter and was promptly acquired by the Rays in a trade. The Rays released him in November and the Angels signed him in December. Lamb wasn’t expected to be healthy enough to return until around the All-Star break.
Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Lamb made 24 starts and owns a 6.17 career ERA in 119 2/3 innings.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.
This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.