The Padres placed right-hander Luis Perdomo on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, the team announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the team recalled lefty reliever Jose Castillo.
An exact timetable doesn’t appear to have been established for Perdomo’s return to the rotation. The right-hander last just 2 1/3 innings during Friday’s 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks and issued six runs on eight hits and two walks before making his exit in the third. Following his outing, he reported feeling soreness in his right shoulder, and MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell adds that the extent of his injury is not yet known. He currently sports a 1-6 record in nine starts, with a 7.94 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 39 2/3 innings this season.
Castillo, 22, is primed to take Perdomo’s spot on the roster. The lefty is fresh off of a disabled list stint of his own after suffering a right hamstring strain. He made his major league debut back in June and pitched to a 2.84 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 12.8 SO/9 over 13 appearances and 12 2/3 innings. A replacement for Perdomo in the Padres’ rotation has not been announced.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.