Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun passes along this inside scoop:
The Orioles have some interest in free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd and have been monitoring his progress as he recovers from elbow surgery, according to industry sources.
The 30-year-old Floyd, who starred at Mount St. Joseph’s before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the fourth overall pick in the 2001 amateur draft, underwent Tommy John surgery in May, when he also had a torn flexor tendon repaired.
The initial thought after Floyd underwent those dual elbow surgeries was that he’d need two full years of recovery time, but his agent Mike Moye told MLB Trade Rumors on Tuesday that Floyd is aiming to begin pitching off a mound by early-December and could be at full strength by Opening Day. Of course, an agent’s job is to provide a favorable client profile.
Floyd, a native of Annapolis, Maryland, just finished up a seven-year run with the Chicago White Sox during which he registered a 4.22 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.1 K/9 across 168 starts (1,042 2/3 total innings).
The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.
Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.
As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.
Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.
The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”