Matt Cain has made no progress in his recovery from a right elbow injury. He has has been on the disabled list since July 11 and there is no timetable for his return. The Giants acquired Jake Peavy in his absence. And now things have gotten worse:
I’m sure he’s a nice man, but no one ever, ever wants to visit Dr. Andrews.
Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.
Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.
With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.