Twins right-hander Phil Hughes has been scratched from tonight’s start against the Indians due to an illness, which has been going around Minnesota’s clubhouse for the past few days and has caused other players to miss time.
In his place the Twins will turn to left-hander Tommy Milone, who had been sidelined by a shoulder injury since getting knocked around by the Angels on September 17.
Not exactly an ideal situation for the Twins as they try to remain in the Wild Card picture with six games left on the schedule and even more reason to wonder about their season-long handling of and lack of September call-up for top pitching prospect Jose Berrios.
UPDATE: It’s official. Dipoto is the Mariners’ new GM, with a press conference scheduled for Tuesday.
Jerry Dipoto stepped down as Angels general manager on July 1 after losing an ongoing power struggle against manager Mike Scioscia, but it apparently won’t take him long to find another GM gig in the same division.
Amid numerous reports that Seattle is close to naming a new general manager, Jim Bowden of ESPN says the Mariners are expected to offer the job to Dipoto. He’s expected to accept, leaving his current gig as an assistant within the Red Sox front office to replace Jack Zduriencik.
Dipoto took over as the Angels’ general manager in October of 2011, replacing Tony Reagins. As a longtime big-league reliever who also believed in the value of analytics he was praised as a strong mix of old and new school, but the Angels experienced only modest success during his run and several of the team’s biggest moves–including the ill-fated signing of Josh Hamilton for $125 million–were pushed on Dipoto by owner Arte Moreno.
It’s possible that Dipoto’s time running the Angels doesn’t fully convey how effective he’s capable of being as a GM, in part because it’s debatable how much he was truly running the Angels with Moreno and Scioscia around. By immediately snagging another GM job and landing within the AL West division it’s a great opportunity for Dipoto to bounce back from an ugly divorce with the Angels while he’s still just 47 years old.
As a pitcher with a mid-80s fastball Jered Weaver is already waking a very thin line and the Angels right-hander admitted to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that his shoulder was “not comfortable” during Sunday’s abbreviated start against the Mariners.
Weaver allowed just one run in five innings, yet was removed from the game after 71 pitches. It’s the only time this season he’s thrown fewer than 75 pitches in a start, so clearly something was wrong.
Weaver has been a very effective pitcher despite mid-80s velocity for a long time now, but at no point this season has his ERA been below 4.00 and overall he’s got a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts after posting a combined 2.99 ERA from 2010-2014.
He’s scheduled to face the Rangers in Texas for his final start of the regular season and for now Weaver says he plans to take his turn in the rotation, but given the importance of the game for the Angels’ playoff odds they may think twice about relying on him.