MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have signed pitcher Erik Bedard to a minor league deal.
Bedard, 36 in March, spent the 2014 season with the Rays, compiling a 4.76 ERA and a 64/29 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings over 15 starts and two relief appearances. The lefty’s once-promising career was derailed by injuries, as he has mustered only 119 starts in the seven seasons dating back to 2008, an average of 17 starts per season.
Bedard hasn’t been effective over the last few years, carrying a 4.78 ERA in 352 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2012 season, but the Dodgers will hope to catch lightning in a bottle.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).