Right-hander Paul Blackburn is experiencing
forearm tightness and will be sidelined through the beginning of
the regular season, manager Bob Melvin told reporters.
The A's were already missing Jharel Cotton, who will miss the
entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on Wednesday,
and A.J. Puk was shut down this week due to biceps soreness,
according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Oakland is down to five available starters, Daniel Gossett,
Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden and Andrew Triggs,
heading into the start of the season. The A's signed Trevor
Cahill on Monday, but Melvin said he is not ready to handle
starters' innings yet.
-- The Baltimore Orioles tabbed right-hander Dylan Bundy as
their Opening Day starter when they face the Minnesota Twins on
The 25-year-old received the nod over right-hander Kevin
Gausman, who started the 2017 opener.
Bundy went 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 28 starts last season. He is
23-15 with a 4.13 ERA over two-plus major league seasons.
-- New York Mets right-hander Rafael Montero has a complete tear
of his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow and will
likely need Tommy John surgery, the team announced.
Montero, 27, was once considered one of the Mets' top prospects,
but was competing for a spot with the team this spring. He had a
9.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts and six walks in nine Grapefruit
League innings across seven appearances, including one start.
-- In an effort to get Jason Motte from major league camp to
Triple-A Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals released the
right-hander with an aim to quickly re-sign him.
The Cardinals inked Motte to a minor league deal last month.
Because of the 35-year-old's major league service time, the
Cardinals must allow him the chance to sign with another major
league club before sending him to the minors.
Motte will be on the market for 48 hours and will need to sign a
new minor league deal if he is to return to St. Louis.
-- Two key pieces on the Cleveland Indians' 2016 pennant-winning
team are heading in opposite directions ahead of the 2018
Outfielder Rajai Davis was informed Thursday that he has made
the Indians' 25-man Opening Day roster while first baseman Mike
Napoli was released in a procedural move to get him to Triple-A
Both Davis and Napoli joined the Indians on minor league
contracts last month.
--Field Level Media
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