Phillies sign Dustin McGowan

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies have signed pitcher Dustin McGowan. The Phillies have been on the hunt for pitching depth since losing Cliff Lee to another injury earlier in spring training. McGowan is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, but could make a start when the Phillies need a fifth starter on April 12.

Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, McGowan has a 4.57 career ERA with a 392/199 K/BB ratio in 482 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old right-hander was released by the Dodgers at the end of March after allowing six runs in eight innings in the Cactus League.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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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).