Pirates acquire Kyle Lobstein from Tigers


Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who was designated for assignment by the Tigers last week, has been traded to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Detroit not even getting a player to be named later or cash considerations means it’s basically a giveaway deal, although Lobstein has a chance to crack Pittsburgh’s roster in a bullpen role.

There isn’t much upside to be had, however. He’s a soft-tosser with a 5.33 ERA and just 59 strikeouts in 103 innings as a big leaguer and the 26-year-old former second-round draft pick also has a mediocre 3.83 ERA in the minors.

Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

Zack Wheeler miss starts
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Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their child is born.

Wheeler said, “We just have to see how things are here at the field and at the stadium. I’m happy with what I see so far. But things could change, especially once our baby’s born. I always think about what’s going on around me. Is it safe? Is it OK? Literally every single day. I have to just ask myself that. I’m going to continue to keep asking myself that every day.”

Wheeler, 30, inked a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies in December. He is slated for the No. 2 spot in the rotation behind Aaron Nola. Last season, with the Mets, Wheeler posted a 3.96 ERA with 195 strikeouts and 50 walks over 195 1/3 innings.

The No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation is currently up for grabs between Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez, Ranger Suárez, and prospect Spencer Howard. One of the remaining three could fill in for Wheeler when he needs time off, temporarily or otherwise.