From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month.
Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of the spring.
He was signed to a one-year, $850,000 major league contract in January. But because he did not make the Opening Day roster, the Twins will only have to pay $400,000 of that whether they release him or place him on the 60-day disabled list.
Zumaya has informed the Twins that he is going to try his best to return from the surgery, but it will take at least 12 months of rest and rehab, and he could struggle to attract free agent interest next year.
Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani put on a show during Saturday’s matinee against the Cubs. Up 2-1 in the third inning, the hurler hooked a Brian Duensing fastball over the left field fence for his first career home run — and first career grand slam:
Grand slams are impressive no matter the player or situation, but they’re made all the more special in rare circumstances like this one. Not only is DeSclafani the first pitcher to deliver a grand slam in 2018, but he’s the first Reds hurler to do so in nearly 60 years. Per MLB.com’s Brian Scott Rippee, right-hander Bob Purkey was the last to hit a slam for the Reds in 1959, when he took Cubs reliever John Buzhardt deep in the third inning of a 12-3 drubbing.
The 28-year-old righty had a decent outing on the mound as well, holding the Cubs to two runs, four walks, and three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings before passing the ball to reliever Michael Lorenzen. Entering Saturday, he carried a 2-1 record in three games, with a 4.60 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 across 15 2/3 innings — not too shabby for someone who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016.
The Reds currently lead 8-2 in the bottom of the seventh.