The Rangers got a lot of bad news on Wednesday. Per MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the club placed starter Derek Holland on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his left shoulder. Shortly thereafter, Colby Lewis joined him due to a strained lat muscle which is expected to keep him out of action for as many as two months. To put a cherry on top of the Rangers’ crap sundae, they shut down pitching prospect Mike Matuella with a right elbow ligament sprain.
Holland, 29, was struggling to a 5.20 ERA and a 43/25 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings. His 7.9 percent walk rate is his highest since 2011 and his 13.7 percent walk rate would be a career low if the season ended today.
Lewis, 36, was hit hard in Tuesday’s start against the Reds, giving up six runs in five innings. He flirted with a perfect game last Thursday. On the season, he has a terrific 3.21 ERA with a 61/19 K/BB ratio in 98 innings.
Matuella, 22, was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2015 draft. He made only one start with Single-A Spokane, tossing three scoreless innings. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the Rangers’ seventh-best prospect
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.