Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have decided to move top pitching prospect Erick Fedde to the bullpen. They aim to limit his innings and prepare him for potentially contributing out of the major league bullpen during the season.
Fedde, 24, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (18th overall) of the 2014 draft. This season at Double-A Harrisburg, the right-hander posted a 3.59 ERA with a 35/14 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings across seven starts.
The Nationals’ bullpen has been a mess thus far, as five different relievers have recorded saves. Of those five, only Matt Albers has been able to both stay healthy and post a respectable ERA.
The Nationals still see Fedde as a potential top of the rotation starter.
Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.
Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.
“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”