Free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer may be close to finding a new team.
The right-hander drew interest from the Yankees earlier this winter and, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.
Duchscherer tallied only 28 total innings last year for the A’s and sat out for all of 2009, but the 33-year-old still boasts a strong 3.13 career ERA and 1.14 career WHIP across seven major league seasons.
Also, he’s claiming to be fully healed from the hip surgery that cut short his 2010 campaign and he’s expected to be a full participant during spring training.
On a one-year contract with a low base salary and a couple million dollars in incentives, “The Duke of Hurl” would make a fine gamble for clubs in need of rotation depth. There are many of those.
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.