Pat Neshek did his own reporting on this one.
According to the sidearming right-hander’s Twitter account, the Twins put Neshek on outright waivers Sunday and he was quickly claimed by the Padres.
The 30-year-old was a highly reliable setup man for Minnesota from 2006-2007, boasting a 2.68 ERA and a 127/33 K/BB ratio over 107-plus innings, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in November of 2008 and wasn’t able to climb back up the depth chart.
Neshek had a minor league option left, but the Twins opted to remove him from the 40-man roster and give him a fresh start elsewhere. Twins general manager Bill Smith called it a “good opportunity for him,” according to new MLB.com beat writer Rhett Bollinger.
Because of the spacious confines of PETCO Park, San Diego can be a wonderful place for pitchers who are looking for a career turnaround. Neshek should do well in a middle relief role if he can stay healthy.
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow has been out since the All-Star break with a bone bruise and biceps inflammation. In recent days there had been hope that he would be activated in the season’s final two weeks in order to be ready for the playoffs, but that’s not happening: Theo Epstein just said that Morrow is done for the season.
It’s not the first time good expectations for Morrow’s recovery were not met. When he was placed on the DL back in July manager Joe Maddon said he didn’t anticipate Morrow being on the DL for much more than the minimum 10 days. Two months later and here we are.
Morrow, 34, had an excellent season until the arm trouble started, saving 22 games with a 1.47 ERA and a 31/9 K/BB ratio in 30.2 innings. Once he went out the closer’s duties fell to Pedro Strop. Now Strop too is out for at least the rest of the regular season and likely more due to a hamstring strain he suffered last week while running the bases.
Bullpens become a lot more important in the postseason. The Cubs’ bullpen is becoming thinner.