Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have signed pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both will report to Triple-A Omaha.
Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Blue Jays on Friday. They had signed him to a minor league deal 11 days after the Tigers released him in July, but he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in five innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He put up a 4.09 ERA with a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings at the major league level with the Tigers.
Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Rangers on August 4 after compiling a 4.90 ERA with a 72/36 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings.
Unable to find a taker for him via trade, the Rangers have released veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez started 15 total games for Texas and pitched very well early on, but dating back to mid-June he allowed 24 runs in 22 innings while opponents hit .402 off him.
At age 36 this could be the end of the road for Rodriguez, but it’s possible he could latch on with another team in need of rotation help. He’s logged 1,557 career innings with a 4.10 ERA in 11 seasons as a big leaguer.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers lefty starter Matt Harrison could return to the rotation in the week ahead of the All-Star break. As a result, that would allow the club to grant a respite to the rest of the rotation, which includes Colby Lewis, Nick Martinez, and Wandy Rodriguez.
Harrison, 29, had spinal fusion surgery last June and has been recovering ever since. He has made four rehab starts with Triple-A Round Rock and one with Double-A Frisco, compiling an aggregate 6.59 ERA with a 15/11 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings. Harrison struggled in his most recent appearance, with Frisco, as he allowed five runs and complained of an inability to get loose during the game.
Harrison’s schedule ahead includes a light bullpen session on Sunday and a rehab start with Round Rock on Wednesday.