UPDATE: Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Roark will start Monday, per Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.
1:20 p.m. ET: Tanner Roark posted a 2.85 ERA across 31 starts last season, but the Nationals moved him to the bullpen after signing Max Scherzer to a huge contract over the winter. That depth is coming in handy now that Doug Fister is sidelined with a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.
According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Roark will either start Monday or Tuesday against the Cubs depending on whether he’s needed out of the bullpen this weekend. The 28-year-old right-hander hasn’t thrown more than 52 pitches in game this season, so Nationals manager Matt Williams said he’ll likely be limited to around 70 pitches for his first start back.
There’s still no timetable for Fister’s return, so Roark could keep a spot in the rotation for a while.
UPDATE: According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cueto has soreness in his elbow. Reds manager Bryan Price said he probably could have pitched tomorrow, but they didn’t want to take any chances.
12:29 p.m. ET: The Reds announced this morning that right-hander Johnny Cueto has been scratched from Sunday’s scheduled start against the Indians due to “general stiffness.” Raisel Iglesias will pitch in his place.
The team says that Cueto has been bothered by stiffness dating back to his last start on Tuesday, where he allowed three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Royals. They’ll have to hope that it’s nothing serious. In addition to being their ace, the impending free agent could net some nice prospects if they decide to sell going into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Plenty of teams figure to come calling if he’s healthy.
Cueto, 29, has posted a 3.03 ERA and 60/12 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this season.
Things are really ugly with the Marlins right now, both on and off the field. The team held their annual Fish ‘N Chips casino-style charity event Thursday night and advertised that fans would get an opportunity to “rub elbows” with some of their favorite players. However, none of the players showed up.
According to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, attending the event was not mandatory. However, a handful of players committed to going before ultimately bailing. Fans paid between $100 and $175 to come to the event.
Marlins president David Samson said he was disappointed with how things unfolded and planned to address the situation with the players. That’s not going to be awkward at all, especially after they put a manager with no experience in the dugout earlier this week. Steve Cishek said the players weren’t trying to send a message about the manager situation, but that they were just tired and frustrated:
“I can see why people are making a big deal about it — people pay money, want to be around the players,” said relief pitcher Steve Cishek, who is also the club’s player representative. “But you’ve got to realize we were here all day. Everyone is exhausted. You look at Dee Gordon, he’s stumbling around the locker room after the game, played his heart out. Everyone battled yesterday. It was just not the right timing. It’s tough to explain. It’s just the way things are going for us right now. All of our guys have taken it to heart. Everyone is an adult here. They just didn’t show up. Their decision.”
New manager Dan Jennings and most of his coaching staff were present for the event, as well as team president Mike Hill.
The Marlins have lost eight straight games and are 0-5 since Jennings moved from the front office into the dugout. After going into the spring with big expectations, the team sits at 16-27 and in last place in the National League East.
Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com notes that he revealed some interesting information during a press conference yesterday. Specifically, that the labrum tear was found in an MRI before he signed his six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in December of 2012. Keep in mind that the team, under GM Ned Colletti, also paid a $25.7 million posting fee for exclusive negotiating rights with him.
Despite the labrum issue, Ryu managed a 3.17 ERA with 7.7 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9 in 56 starts from 2013-2014. That’s pretty darn impressive under the circumstances. He had a stint on the DL last April due to shoulder inflammation and also missed some time in September before returning for the playoffs, but he had been able to pitch through it until now. The tear is considered relatively minor, but shoulders can be tricky and it’s far from a guarantee that his rehab process will be trouble-free.
Ryu will be 29 next March and is still owed $7 million per season from 2016-2018.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have agreed to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, pending a physical. No word yet on the terms involved.
Miranda threw for teams last month at a showcase last month at the University of Miami alongside Andy Ibanez, Ariel Miranda, and Gelkis Jimenez, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Ibanez, an infielder, has been the most highly-regarded name in that group.
Miranda pitched in Cuba’s Serie Nacional from 2007-2013 and posted a 3.78 ERA over 64 starts and 16 relief appearances. The 25-year-old averaged 6.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 during his time there.