Gattis out 4-6 weeks following hernia surgery
Evan Gattis | HOU
(February 9, 2016 10:00 PM EST)
Evan Gattis recently underwent hernia surgery and will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.
The operation shouldn't have any long-term effects, but it could sideline Gattis for the bulk of spring training and possibly threaten his availability for Opening Day. If Gattis does get a late start to the season, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker and Marwin Gonzalez would figure to be in line to pick up the slack. Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the Astros.
Houston Chronicle
Seung-Hwan Oh receives work visa
Seung-Hwan Oh | STL
(February 9, 2016 9:05 PM EST)
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Seung-Hwan Oh has received his work visa.
There was a delay, but Oh will report to spring training on time or perhaps even earlier. The Korean reliever is expected to serve as Trevor Rosenthal's setup man this season.
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Darvish (elbow) to throw March 'pen sessions
Yu Darvish | TEX
(February 9, 2016 5:51 PM EST)
Yu Darvish (elbow) is on track to begin throwing bullpen sessions in March.
Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Darvish resumed a throwing program last August but hasn't been cleared for mound work just yet. He's currently long-tossing at 120 feet and throwing off flat ground at 60-75 feet. Darvish is aiming to rejoin the Rangers' rotation around mid-May to early-June. "I have no problems at all right now. I have no concerns," Darvish said. "I feel like I could throw 95 right now, but they told me not to. I feel really good right now."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) throws off mound
Masahiro Tanaka | NYY
(February 9, 2016 4:29 PM EST)
Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw off a mound on Tuesday.
It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since he underwent surgery back in October to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Tanaka might be a little behind others in spring training, but he's fully expected to be ready to roll come Opening Day. The righty held a 3.51 ERA and 139/27 K/BB ratio over 154 innings last season.
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White Sox sign Travis Ishikawa to minors deal
Travis Ishikawa | CWS
(February 9, 2016 4:20 PM EST)
White Sox signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Ishikawa had a deal with the Mariners fall apart last month, but it didn't take him long to catch on elsewhere. The 32-year-old batted .206/.306/.302 with one homer over 72 plate appearances with the Pirates and Giants last season.
White Sox' deal with Mat Latos now official
Mat Latos | CWS
(February 9, 2016 4:15 PM EST)
White Sox signed RHP Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract.
Latos is coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him bounce around with three different teams and post a 4.95 ERA. He's also not throwing as hard as he used to and has drawn criticism for being a poor clubhouse presence. That said, there's little risk in a $3 million investment and the White Sox were lacking rotation depth. He'll push Erik Johnson either to the bullpen or Triple-A.
Rangers ink Doug Bernier to minors deal
Doug Bernier | TEX
(February 9, 2016 4:06 PM EST)
Rangers signed INF Doug Bernier to a minor league contract
The deal does not include an invitation to big league camp during spring training. Bernier, 35, was in the majors briefly with the Twins last season but spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting .256/.340/.306 with a couple homers.
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John Lamb has disc surgery on back
John Lamb | CIN
(February 9, 2016 2:31 PM EST)
John Lamb required disc surgery on his back in December.
The procedure was unreported until now. The expectation is that Lamb will be a bit behind at the start of spring training and will likely get a late start on the season. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 5.80 ERA and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings after coming over from the Royals last July in the Johnny Cueto deal.
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Report: White Sox sign RHP Mat Latos
Mat Latos | LAA
(February 9, 2016 1:54 PM EST)
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox have signed free agent right-hander Mat Latos.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that it's a one-year, $3 million contract and the deal doesn't include incentives. Latos is coming off an inconsistent season where he posted a 4.95 ERA and 100/32 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings between the Marlins, Dodgers, and Angels, but he's a fine gamble at these terms. He'll give Chicago some rotation depth on the cheap, but U.S. Cellular Field isn't the ideal environment for fantasy purposes.
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M's ink RHP Joel Peralta to minor league deal
Joel Peralta | SEA
(February 9, 2016 1:53 PM EST)
Mariners signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Peralta, who turns 40 in March, is coming off a rough season with the Dodgers where he posted a 4.34 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings while missing some time with neck and shoulder injuries. Still, he's a fine gamble at these terms.
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