In the first moves of the Billy Eppler era, the Angels claimed outfielder Todd Cunningham off waivers from Atlanta and bumped Reyes from the 40-man roster. Reyes was a late-September callup to the big club, returning to the majors for the first time since 2011, despite posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 15 appearances (11 starts) with Triple-A Salt Lake.
The Jays not only lost Game 2 Friday, pushing them to the brink of elimination, but they lost their best left-handed reliever in the process. All indications are that Cecil will be ready to go for the start of the 2016 season.
The team has decided it's necessary to gauge the full extent of the issue that knocked Cecil out of Game 2 Friday. Cecil was spotted icing the calf and being fitted for crutches after exiting. His injury could loom large, as Aaron Loup is only other lefty in the Toronto bullpen.
The Blue Jays have decided an MRI is necessary to gauge the full extent of the calf issue that knocked Cecil out of Friday's Game 2 of the ALDS. Cecil was spotted icing the calf and being fitted for crutches after exiting. His injury could loom large, as Aaron Loup is only other lefty in the Toronto bullpen.
The left-hander completed a scoreless eighth inning on 12 pitches, but was clearly hobbled as he left the field. Saturday is an off day in the series, but Cecil's availability for Sunday is a question mark. Aaron Loup is the only other lefty reliever on the Blue Jays' ALDS roster.
Two nights after preserving a 3-0 win over the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game, Gregerson was back at it with a scoreless inning against the Royals. He struck out Kendrys Morales to open the the frame, but proceeded to hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch. Fortunately, Gregerson rebounded to retire Salvador Perez (strikeout) and Alex Gordon (foul out) to escape the inning with no further damage. Through two playoff appearances this season, the 31-year-old right-hander has allowed just one baserunner while striking out four over two scoreless innings.
Considering the surgery was performed on his non-throwing shoulder, he's likely to be fully healed in a month or two --- well before spring training starts up in 2016. He should be counted on to pitch in more late-inning situations next year provided his shoulder is fully up to speed.
After making his last appearance of the season on Sept. 26, Pomeranz soon returned to Oakland in order to have an MRI on his shoulder, which revealed damage to the AC joint. While the extent of the ailment isn't known and surgery hasn't been scheduled, an arthroscopic procedure signals a shorter recovery timeline. As a result, the left-handed reliever should be available by the time camp rolls around next March.
The Tigers pounced on Montas for a run in the first inning, but he settled down after and let the whiffs roll. The White Sox have remained noncommittal as to whether Montas belongs in the rotation or bullpen long-term, but his latest showing showed some promise for the former option.
The veteran southpaw acquitted himself reasonably well in his two starts at the tail end of 2015, amassing an impressive 1.98 ERA over 9 1/3 innings. Breslow's undoing Saturday was the long ball, with both Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn taking him deep. After pitching on a one-year contract in 2015, the 35-year-old Breslow's future is uncertain.