Kip Wells retires from baseball at age 36

15 Comments

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick shares the news on 36-year-old right-hander Kip Wells …

Wells surrendered 28 earned runs in 24 1/3 innings (10.36 ERA) this season with the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake, Utah. He last appeared in a major league game in August 2012 with the San Diego Padres.

The former first-round pick out of Baylor University pitched for the White Sox, Pirates, Rangers, Cardinals, Rockies, Royals, Nationals, Reds and Friars over the course of a 12-year big league career. He will finish up with a 69-103 career win-loss record, a 4.71 career ERA, a 1.51 career WHIP and a 6.5 career K/9.

Pirates activate Starling Marte

AP Images
Leave a comment

Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup after the team reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Marte served the bare minimum on the DL after making a rapid recovery from the right oblique strain that sidelined him several weeks ago.

Prior to landing on the disabled list, the 29-year-old outfielder was off to a strong start. He slashed a robust .308/.366/.503 with six home runs, 10 stolen bases and an .869 OPS in 175 plate appearances with the team. This is the first time he’s dealt with an oblique issue, and the first DL stint he’s served since he suffered a bout of back tightness in 2016. While he has yet to prove he can bounce back to his pre-injury production levels, his quick recovery bodes well for a successful return to major-league play.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move came as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Pirates elected to retain top prospect outfielder Austin Meadows rather than the more established Osuna. Meadows was recalled from Triple-A in the wake of Marte’s injury and has only played seven games at the major league level so far, but he’s already made a strong impression: he went 13-for-29 with three home runs, two stolen bases and five RBI since his call-up on May 18.