The Orioles have added pitcher Edwin Jackson to their 40-man roster and plan to call him up to Baltimore as soon as they make space on the 25-man roster.
The O’s signed Jackson to a minor league contract in early April. He had an opt-out clause for June 1, but extended it, forcing the Orioles’ hand. At least sort of forcing it. If he stunk, they could’ve just let him walk, but he’s been pretty effective at Triple-A, posting a 3.10 ERA in 12 appearances, all but one of which have come out of the pen. He’ll likely be a middle reliever for the Orioles, though he could move into the rotation if needed.
Jackson, 33, spent last season with the Marlins and Padres, finishing with an ugly 5.89 ERA with a 61/41 K/BB ratio in 84 innings. He pitched well in 2015 with the Cubs and Braves as a reliever, putting up a 3.07 ERA in 55 2/3 innings, so maybe there is still some gas in that tank.
CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.
“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”
Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.
Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.
Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”
“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.
“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”