Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres starter Brandon Morrow has elected to undergo surgery on his right shoulder, a procedure which will end his season. Morrow met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache earlier this week and was diagnosed with an impingement in his shoulder, the same diagnosis he got from Dr. Heinz Hoenecke previously.
Morrow, 31, made only five starts for the Padres this season, compiling a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the club in December. His next contract will likely be of the minor league variety. Morrow has made 20-plus starts in a season only three times since debuting in 2007.
The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.