The Reds announced on Thursday that pitcher Yovani Gallardo cleared weavers and rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A, thereby becoming a free agent. Gallardo had been designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday.
Gallardo, 32, struggled in three relief appearances for the Reds, yielding eight runs on eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Once a fixture of the Brewers’ rotation in the first half of this decade, Gallardo has struggled over the last three years. He posted a 5.42 ERA with the Orioles across 23 starts in 2016 and a 5.72 ERA in 22 starts and six relief appearances with the Mariners last year.
Teams are always on the hunt for pitching depth, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Gallardo latched on with another team soon, but he’ll likely have to test his mettle at Triple-A before he’s trusted in major league games again.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.