Carter Capps‘ ongoing elbow problems are serious enough that the Marlins right-hander is heading to Alabama to be examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews, which rarely ends in positive news for an injured pitcher.
Capps’ breakout 2015 season ended two months early due to elbow soreness and he continues to have significant issues seven months later, causing the Marlins to send him for an MRI exam and book a visit to Dr. Andrews’ office for a second opinion.
Losing him would be a huge blow to the Marlins, who seemed likely to make Capps their closer following a season in which he racked up 58 strikeouts in 31 innings on the way to a 1.16 ERA. If he’s out for an extended period of time right-hander A.J. Ramos would be the clear-cut favorite for ninth-inning duties in Miami.
Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson strained his right oblique muscle Wednesday and the team announced today that he’s expected to miss six weeks with a Grade 2 strain.
That puts his status for Opening Day very much in doubt, which is a tough break for Dyson given that the Royals decided not to pursue veteran corner outfielders in order to give him an extended opportunity to be an everyday player after years as a part-timer.
Now he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list and Dyson’s injury opens the door for guys like Paolo Orlando and Travis Snider to claim significant playing time. It’s also possible that the Royals will dip into the minors for a right fielder fill-in like Brett Eibner if they think Dyson’s recovery timetable may drag on.
Dyson, who logged 290 plate appearances last season while Alex Rios served as the Royals’ starting right fielder, is a 30-year-old career .255 hitter with a .664 OPS who adds tons of value defensively and on the bases.
Veteran reliever Matt Thornton is joining the Padres on a minor-league deal, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that he’ll get an invitation to spring training.
Thornton is 39 years old and saw his strikeout rate dip to career-low levels last season, so in a buyer’s market for relievers it’s easy to understand why he had to settle for a non-guaranteed contract. However, he remained effective last season while logging 41 innings with a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio for the Nationals.
Thornton was one of the best setup men in baseball for the White Sox from 2006-2012 and has a lifetime 3.35 ERA in 730 appearances as a big leaguer, including a sub-4.00 ERA every year since 2008. He has a good chance of cracking the Padres’ roster as a middle reliever.
First baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro is now on his third team in three months, signing a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training.
Navarro spent nearly a decade in the Angels organization, including several brief stints in the majors, before being traded to the Orioles in January. He was then designated for assignment and opted for free agency, choosing to start fresh with the Mariners.
Navarro has had limited success in the majors through age 29, hitting .246 with one homer and a .627 OPS in 130 games. However, he’s a career .300 hitter in nine seasons as a minor leaguer, including .316 with an .832 OPS in more than 500 total games at Triple-A. If given a chance he could find a niche as a part-timer versus right-handed pitching.
Dodgers right-hander Josh Ravin suffered a broken left forearm in a car accident Monday and underwent surgery today, with the team announcing that he’ll miss 8-12 weeks.
I’ll spare everyone from looking at the actual gruesome image, but Ravin posted a picture on his Instagram account and … well, it was gross.
Ravin was unlikely to make the Opening Day roster anyway, but now he’ll be sidelined until at least mid-May. He appeared in nine games for the Dodgers last season after making his MLB debut around midseason and the 28-year-old former fifth-round draft pick remains on the 40-man roster.