The Indians had claimed pitcher Deolis Guerra off waivers from the Pirates on Wednesday, but they’ve rescinded it on Friday due to a pre-existing knee injury as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates placed Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.
Guerra, 26, has a 6.48 ERA with a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings at the big league level for the Pirates this season. He’s had better results with Triple-A Indianapolis, as reflected by his 1.23 ERA across 36 2/3 innings.
Guerra was one of the four prospects the Mets sent to the Twins in Feburary 2008 in the Johan Santana trade. The others included Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, and Kevin Mulvey.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.