Ryan Madson hit the disabled list Sunday with a pectoral strain, so the Nationals added an arm for their bullpen Monday by calling up left-hander Tim Collins from Triple-A Syracuse.
This will be Collins first stint in the majors since way back in 2014 with the Royals. He’s undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries since. It’s pretty cool to see him finally make it back to the majors, even if it’s just on a fill-in basis.
You might remember Collins best for fitting his entire body inside one of Jonathon Broxton‘s pant legs (seriously, look at the photo), but the 5-foot-7 lefty was an effective pitcher in the Royals’ bullpen for a good stretch. The 28-year-old holds a 3.54 ERA with 220 strikeouts over 211 innings in the majors.
Collins posted a 3.63 ERA and 20/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings in Triple-A prior to the call-up.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.