Tim Stauffer out 4-6 weeks after appendectomy

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After years of bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and the majors Tim Stauffer looked to be grabbing a permanent spot on the Padres’ pitching staff by posting a 0.39 ERA and 19/4 K/BB ratio in 23.1 innings. And now he’s out for a month following an emergency appendectomy.
Stauffer was sleeping in a hotel room in San Francisco when abdominal pain woke him in the wee hours yesterday morning. He hopped on his iPhone and punched the symptoms into WebMD.com, finally calling Padres trainer Todd Hutcheson at 3:15 a.m. “He had himself diagnosed,” Hutcheson said. “He said, ‘I think I have appendicitis.’ It was pretty swollen, his whole side of the stomach was pretty tight.”
Sure enough, Stauffer took a taxi to the nearest hospital and underwent an appendectomy, which Hutcheson said is a first for him in 20 years as the Padres’ trainer. Roy Halladay is the last prominent pitcher to have an in-season appendectomy, missing about three weeks of action in 2007, so there’s a chance Stauffer could be back by early next month. In the meantime maybe he can put his diagnostic skills to work assisting the trainer. If nothing else, his new nickname needs to be “Doc.”

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.