Tim Stauffer’s minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A hasn’t been going very well, with reports of mid-80s fastball velocity and lots of hits allowed, but the Twins have decided to activate the 33-year-old reliever from the disabled list anyway.
Stauffer was placed on the DL with an intercostal strain last month after allowing 10 runs in 10 innings for the Twins. In his last two rehab appearances at Triple-A he struck out one, walked two, allowed opponents to go 6-for-12 (.500) off him, and reportedly topped out at 87 miles per hour.
Minnesota has the ability to keep him in the minors longer on the rehab assignment, so the decision to put him back on the active roster now is an odd one. Stauffer is owed $2.2 million on a one-year deal signed this offseason.
Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will not be cleared to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list when eligible because he continues to experience post-concussion symptoms, according to manager Walt Weiss.
That’s very discouraging news for Morneau, whose career was previously derailed by concussions when he was with the Twins.
After several unproductive seasons Morneau got back on track with the Rockies last year, hitting .319 with 17 homers and an .860 OPS to win the NL batting title. He was off to a decent start this year, hitting .290 with three homers and a .767 OPS in 27 games, but now the former MVP’s status is once again up in the air due to a brain injury.
Shoulder problems have derailed Jaime Garcia in three straight seasons, but the 28-year-old left-hander is healthy (for now) and the Cardinals have activated him from the disabled list to make his 2015 debut against the Mets.
When not on the disabled list Garcia has always been effective, throwing 595 career innings with a 3.50 ERA. However, he hasn’t topped 100 innings in a season since 2012.
Garcia had one good start and one bad start while rehabbing in the minors, allowing seven runs in nine total innings at Double-A and Triple-A. It’s hard to know what to expect from him at this point, but the Cardinals can certainly use rotation help following Adam Wainwright’s season-ending injury and Garcia is being paid $9.25 million in the final guaranteed season of his contract.