Todd Zolecki, the Phillies beat writer for MLB.com, shares the announcement …
It looks, at first glance, like another smart rebuilding move for the determined-to-rebuild Phils.
Oliver, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, has a 4.98 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 37/55 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Low-A. Taylor, a 22-year-old who went undrafted, has a 4.06 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 83/28 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings between the very same levels.
These aren’t very enticing young pitchers, and now the Phillies have more flexibility on next year’s international market. This comes after the D’Backs included a top prospect in a salary dump. They’ve made some questionable moves so far under new GM Dave Stewart and chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.
Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia had to make an early exit from a start June 24 at Marlins Park after tweaking his left groin muscle. It was initially called a cramp, but he was unable to take his next scheduled turn and now the Cards have placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Tim Cooney will remain in the St. Louis rotation, piggybacking Tyler Lyons in Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader with the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Garcia boasts a 1.69 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in seven starts (48 innings) this season. He’s missed a ton of time to injuries in his career, but most of the major problems have been elbow- and shoulder-related.
The hope is that Garcia will be ready to return in a week or so. He’s been a huge lift for the first-place Cards in the absence of Adam Wainwright.
As announced on the official transactions feed of Major League Baseball …
Soler wound up missing over a month with a sprained left ankle. He was just 2-for-13 on his four-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa and the 23-year-old returns Sunday to a relatively underwhelming .724 OPS. But he feels like a player who’s capable of breaking out in a huge way in the second half.
Soler put up a .903 OPS, five home runs, and 20 RBI over his first 24 major league games last year.
From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …
Schoop originally landed on the disabled list on April 18 after being diagnosed with both a PCL tear and MCL strain in his left knee. So this was nearly a three-month absence.
The 23-year-old second baseman had three home runs in his first nine games this season.
Schoop smacked 16 home runs in 137 games last season despite a .598 OPS.