Prior to Thursday afternoon’s game against the Rockies, the Diamondbacks announced a handful of roster transactions, one of which was to place starter Shelby Miller on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right shoulder. T.J. McFarland also went on the DL with a strained left neck. The club recalled pitchers Matt Koch and Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.
Miller, 27, lasted just an inning during Wednesday night’s 19-2 loss to the Rockies. He gave up five runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout on 37 pitches. It was Miller’s fourth start of the season after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Overall, he’s carrying a worrisome 11.40 ERA with 19 strikeouts and seven walks over 15 innings.
Miller’s time in Arizona has gone quite poorly. He has made a grand total of 28 starts over three seasons and owns a 6.39 ERA as a Diamondback along with all of the injury woes. Miller has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining after earning $4.9 million this season. He seems a likely non-tender candidate after the season.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.