After skipping a start with tired shoulder, Tommy Milone now has neck soreness

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Tommy Milone skipped his last turn in the Twins’ rotation with a tired shoulder and now he has been scratched from Monday’s start against the Tigers due to neck soreness.

The good news is that Milone’s shoulder feels better, but he acknowledged to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press today that his neck has been an issue all year. While he has been able to manage the condition until now, he tweaked it while throwing in the bullpen Wednesday. He told La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he felt it “on every pitch” while trying again today.

Milone was acquired from the Athletics at the end of July for outfielder Sam Fuld. The 27-year-old southpaw had a 3.55 ERA over 16 starts with Oakland prior to the trade, but he has struggled to the tune of a 7.40 ERA and 12/11 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings over his first five starts with Minnesota.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.