Padres starter Ian Kennedy suffered a mild strain of his left hamstring in his season debut against the Giants on Thursday and will be placed on the disabled list, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kennedy suffered the injury with one out in the third inning. To that point, he had given up two hits and two walks while striking out two.
Odrisamer Despaigne, who replaced Kennedy in his Thursday start, is expected to take the vacant spot in the starting rotation. As for Kennedy’s vacant roster spot, the Padres are expected to call up lefty reliever Chris Rearick.
Despaigne, 28, pitched well in 16 starts for the Padres last season, posting a 3.36 ERA and a 65/32 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings.
Rearick, 27, has yet to pitch at the major league level. Last season, spending most of his time at Triple-A El Paso, Rearick compiled a 2.89 ERA and a 42/10 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.