The Padres received some unfortunate news on Friday, learning that back-up catcher Tim Federowicz suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the next three to six months. The injury significantly boosted the chances that Wil Nieves, a non-roster invitee with the Padres, makes the 25-man roster out of spring training.
Nieves, 37, posted a meager .614 OPS in 128 plate appearances as the back-up catcher for the Phillies last season, but says he wants to play into his 40’s as Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Times reports. Nieves says he arrived to Padres’ camp in “the best shape of my career.” (Editor’s Note: After a brief review, the judges have decided that this counts as a BSOML claim.)
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.