The Braves announced this afternoon that reliever Shae Simmons underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. The 24-year-old will miss the entire 2015 season.
A hard-throwing right-hander, Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2014 prior to missing the final two months of the season due to lingering shoulder soreness. The Braves were expecting him to be a part of their bullpen this year, but Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he felt discomfort in his elbow during a bullpen session last week before getting the bad news.
The Braves have brought in a host of veteran bullpen arms over the past few days, including Jose Veras, Matt Capps, and Todd Coffey, which makes a lot more sense now that we know about Simmons. Jason Grilli and Veras figure to be the top candidates to set up for Craig Kimbrel.
From Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports comes word that the Braves have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran reliever Todd Coffey. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where the 34-year-old right-hander will look to prove himself worthy of a spot in Atlanta’s Opening Day bullpen.
Coffey hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2012, but he posted a promising 1.93 ERA in 37 1/3 innings of relief last season for the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Washington. Coffey owns a 4.10 ERA in 438 2/3 career big league frames.
The eight-year MLB veteran has pitched for the Reds, Brewers, Nationals, and Dodgers.
Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners have signed right-hander Todd Coffey to a minor-league contract.
Coffey is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, which cost him all of last season.
Famous for his hefty frame and sprint in from the bullpen before each appearance, Coffey was generally a solid middle reliever-caliber arm before the elbow problems. He posted a 3.76 ERA in 225 innings from 2009-2012, with decent strikeout and walk rates.
He’ll head to Triple-A for now and try to pitch his way back to the majors at age 33.