Storylines: Oakland could be on the market for pitching
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Here are the stories from Thursday, April 24th.
- Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin‘s elbow hasn’t responded well after being shut down for a month, and the 26-year-old will seek a second opinion from Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff, who performed Tommy John surgery on Oakland’s Fernando Rodriguez, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Griffin has been out with flexor tendinitis, which is often a precursor to Tommy John, Slusser pointed out. She went on to write that the loss of both Griffin and Jarrod Parker for the season would likely lead the A’s to actively seeking starting pitching on this summer’s trade market, even if they were merely looking for a back-of-the-rotation innings eater to provide some stability.
- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball for possessing a foreign substance on his body in Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda said he would not appeal the suspension, which is set to begin Thursday night. He is eligible to return May 5 at the Los Angeles Angels.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, with one scheduled start left in April, Masterson has no decisions through 28 innings and five starts this season. There have only been two pitchers in Cleveland history (Ken Schrom in July 1987 and Bobby Locke in June of '61) to finish a month with at least 28 innings and no wins or losses.
- Entering Thursday's game against the Royals, Indians left fielder Michael Brantley led the Tribe in hits (23), home runs (four), RBIs (18), total bases (39), runs (tied, 12), stolen bases (four), average (.295) and OPS (.875).
News and Notes:
- The Cardinals, Rays and Giants top a list of baseball’s smartest spenders over the past five that was devised by Ira Boudner, Evan Applegate and Ritchie S. King of Bloomberg Businessweek. The three have created a weighted system for all four major American sports based on the price paid per win compared to the league average and also created an interactive graphic for users to customize the list. In contrast, the White Sox, Mets and Cubs are the bottom three on the list.
- The Rangers announced, via press release, that retired left-hander Darren Oliver has joined the front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. In his new role, Oliver will work with Daniels and his staff "in a variety of areas with an emphasis on pitching," according to the release.
- The Twins claimed outfielder Kenny Wilson off waivers from the Blue Jays, the club announced.
- Right-hander Kevin Gregg told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago-Sun Times that he’s in shape and waiting for the right opportunity to present itself. Gregg isn’t sure why he wasn’t able to land a guaranteed big league deal after a solid 2013 campaign with the Cubs but feels he can still get outs in the Majors and would welcome the opportunity to pitch in 2014. Gregg has been working out and pitching to college hitters at his home in Oregon to stay in shape as he waits for a deal. He spoke with a number of teams this offseason, Wittenmyer, wrote but the Cubs weren’t one of them.
- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy told reporters (including Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun) that he won’t comment any further on his contract situation because there haven’t been any new developments.
- Outfielder Trent Oeltjen, who had been loaned to los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League, has been returned to the Diamondbacks‘ Triple-A affiliate in Reno.
- The Braves have signed righty Clay Schrader to a minor league deal.
I wonder if this is the reason why so many teams are so bunched up in the standings. I guess the next 20 to 30 games could give a better indication.