Right-hander Ryan Webb is under contract for $2.75 million this season as part of a two-year, $4.5 million deal signed last winter, but the Orioles have dropped the 29-year-old reliever from the 40-man roster by designating him for assignment.
Webb pitched decently in a middle relief role last season, throwing 49 innings with a 3.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio, and he’s got a 3.38 career ERA in 325 total innings.
His salary isn’t outrageous for a useful veteran reliever, but at this point in the year it’s tough to imagine any teams claiming him off waivers to take on that money. He could stay with the Orioles at Triple-A.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Orioles reliever Ryan Webb had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder shortly after the end of the 2014 season.
Webb had been dealing with instability in the shoulder, so he had surgery to tighten the capsule. The good news is that it was considered minor and he should be fine for spring training.
After joining the Orioles on a two-year, $4.5 million contract last winter, Webb posted a 3.83 ERA and 37/12 K/BB ratio across 49 1/3 innings in 2014. He turns 29 in February and owns a 3.38 ERA (115 ERA+) for his career.
Orioles starter Bud Norris left Saturday afternoon’s outing while warming up prior to the sixth inning due to right groin tightness, MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Norris held the Yankees to one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings. Manager Buck Showalter brought in reliever Ryan Webb to begin the sixth inning. On the season, Norris has a 3.62 ERA with a 60/28 K/BB ratio in 87 innings.
The Orioles recently sent down Kevin Gausman, but they plan to use him and Norris in both games in Friday’s double-header against the Rays. The O’s will need to find someone else to replace Norris if he needs to miss a start or go on the disabled list.
Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin was limited to 14 games in 2013 due to wrist and knee injuries, and now his 2014 is off to a concerning start.
Maybin landed hard on his left shoulder while diving for a ball in Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game vs. the Reds and will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Maybin, a former top prospect of the Tigers and then Marlins, has hit just .249/.311/.365 in 1,186 plate appearances since being traded to the Padres in 2010 for relivers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.
Maybin, 26, is under contract with San Diego through the 2017 season.
He is still owed $21 million in guaranteed salaries.
When the Orioles’ contract with Grant Balfour fell apart over concerns about the health of his arm the assumption was that Baltimore would sign a different free agent to take over for Jim Johnson as closer.
However, that hasn’t happened yet and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “are no longer focusing on a potential closer.”
According to Connolly they’re prepared to go into the season with in-house options for ninth-inning duties. In that scenario Tommy Hunter would be the presumed favorite after throwing 86 innings with a 2.81 ERA and 68/14 K/BB ratio in a setup role last season and Ryan Webb could also get a look.