Rough news for the Twins this morning, as LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that prospect left-hander Lewis Thorpe needs season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Thorpe, 19, was shut down last September with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The Australian native attempted to go the rest and rehab route rather than have surgery, but it ultimately proved unsuccessful and now he’ll be sidelined through the early part of next season.
Thorpe has shown plenty of promise in the early part of his professional career, with a 2.80 ERA and 179/54 K/BB ratio over 157 2/3 innings while working his way up to Class A Cedar Rapids.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.