Padres claim Samuel Deduno off waivers from Colorado

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The Rockies claimed 25-year-old Clayton Mortensen off waivers from the A’s last week and designated right-hander Samuel Deduno for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. Deduno, though, was teamless for only a short period of time.

According to MLB.com’s transactions page, the Padres claimed the 27-year-old off waivers on Saturday evening.

Deduno finished with a 2.93 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in six starts at the Triple-A level last season, striking out 29 batters in 30.2 innings.  He made four relief appearances in the majors as a September call-up.

Control and injury issues have been a problem, but Deduno has posted quality minor league strikeout rates when healthy and should at least develop into a solid long reliever at the big league level.  For now, the Padres will probably use him as starting rotation depth.

Blake Wood has a damaged UCL

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Wood will seek further opinions before a course of treatment is decided. Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Wood, 32, had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire and has been on the disabled list since April 22. Prior to the injury, Wood compiled a 2.31 ERA with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

Keynan Middleton recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL, so it’s not been a great time to be a member of the Angels’ bullpen.