Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson had a setback in his recovery from offseason elbow surgery and early spring shoulder problems, with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reporting that “his status for the first month or two of the regular season [is] in question.”
DiGiovanna writes that Wilson had issues following a bullpen session Saturday and “will be relegated to playing catch” for the foreseeable future. He’ll definitely begin the season on the disabled list and hasn’t even advanced to facing a live hitter yet, so the recovery process is going to take a while.
Wilson is making $20 million this season in the final year of a $70 million contract and with right-hander Jered Weaver also sidelined by health problems the Angels’ rotation is looking very shaky right now. Wilson posted a 3.87 ERA in his first four seasons with the Angels, including a 3.89 ERA in 132 innings last year.
UPDATE: An MRI exam showed no structural damage in Wieters’ surgically repaired elbow, so the Orioles will hope a little time off does the trick.
Uh oh. Matt Wieters‘ elbow soreness has lingered long enough that the Orioles sent him to undergo an MRI exam, with Richard Justice of MLB.com reporting that the three-time All-Star catcher has already been told “a period of rest” is needed at the very least.
Elbow problems are worrisome for any catcher, but particularly with Wieters because he missed most of 2014 and a big chunk of 2015 following Tommy John surgery.
Wieters also bypassed the potential for multi-year offers as a free agent to return to the Orioles via the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, clearly hoping that a healthy, productive 2016 season would lead to an even bigger payday next offseason.
In other words, both Wieters and the Orioles have a lot riding on the results of his MRI exam.
Making official what was assumed, Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that right-hander Chris Archer will start Opening Day for the second straight season.
Archer was an All-Star for the first time last season, throwing 212 innings with a 3.23 ERA and 252/66 K/BB ratio. Through age 26 his career ERA is 3.33 and he’s whiffed 562 batters in 565 innings.
Not bad for a pitcher who was traded from the Indians to the Cubs for Mark DeRosa and from the Cubs to the Rays for Matt Garza. And thanks to a long-term contract signed in April of 2014 he’s under the Rays’ control through 2021, when he’ll be 32 years old.