Baltimore signed Randy Wolf four weeks ago to provide some veteran pitching depth down the stretch, but after just two starts and three relief appearances the 35-year-old left-hander may be finished because of an elbow injury.
Wolf underwent an MRI exam Tuesday and will meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed Tommy John surgery on Wolf back in 2005.
“There are two or three options,” manager Buck Showalter said, via Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. “Randy’s still got some questions he wants to ask Dr. Wilckens and Dr. Yocum before he and we make a definite decision about his availability for the rest of the year.”
Wolf was released by the Brewers after going 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA in 24 starts and agreed to pitch out of the bullpen for the Orioles, but quickly moved into the rotation. And his elbow started hurting during the fifth inning of his Saturday start versus Boston.
The Boston Red Sox plan to activate Dustin Pedroia from the disabled list today. That’s a big deal. The move they’re making to make room for him on the roster is a big one too: they plan to designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment.
The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier first reported the impending transaction. He was told by a major league source that Ramirez was informed this morning he’ll be moved off the roster. A designation for assignment, of course, means that the Sox have seven days to either trade or release Ramirez.
Ramirez, 34, is experiencing his worst season as a major leaguer thus far, hitting .254/.313/.395 (88 OPS+) in 195 plate appearances as he split time between first base and designated hitter. Given how well Mitch Moreland has hit at first and J.D. Martinez has hit at DH, there is simply no room for Ramirez in the lineup.
Ramirez, a 14-year big league veteran, won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award and won the NL batting title in 2009. He has been a below average hitter in three of his last four seasons, however, and long removed from his days as a middle infielder, he has little defensive value these days. That said, his fame and the possibility that he could put together a decent run if used wisely will likely get him some looks from other clubs.