Matt Kemp aggravated his troublesome hamstring yesterday and he was frustrated about it. He’s going to have an MRI today to see how bad it is. While Don Mattingly says that the DL is a possibility, Kemp doesn’t seem to think it’s that bad:
“I’m definitely not going on the DL; that’s not going to happen. The team needs me. I don’t think this is a 15-day thing; I think this is maybe one, two, three days.”
Need may not have anything to do with it. And, if it’s borderline, is it better for him to go on a DL stint now or to suffer through nagging garbage all year? Those are the assessments team physicians are paid to make, the athlete’s determination notwithstanding.
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.