On June 1, Erik Bedard was boasting a 3.12 ERA over 10 starts. Now he’s looking for a job.
The move has yet to be made official, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has reported and Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has confirmed that the Pirates have released the 33-year-old veteran.
Though he got off to a terrific start this season, Bedard has been inconsistent, at best, over his last 14 outings, posting a 6.44 ERA. He’s also taxed the bullpen often, having failed to pitch past the fifth inning in 14 of 24 starts. If he’s unable to catch on elsewhere, the left-hander will finish the season with a 5.01 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 118/56 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings.
So, while Bedard might be the more dynamic talent of the two, the Pirates will turn back to Kevin Correia to fill out their rotation. Correia has put up a 4.53 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and uninspiring 62/37 K/BB ratio over 25 games – 22 starts – this season. He requested a trade late last month after being demoted to the bullpen following the acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez. But, the veteran righty will surely be in better spirits after regaining a rotation spot. He should get the ball this weekend in Milwaukee.
Calf Strain Sidelines Teixeira
Mark Teixeira played in his seventh straight game Monday after missing three contests with a left wrist injury. Unfortunately, he now has a new ailment to deal with.
The Yankees’ first baseman felt a tweak in his left calf while exiting the batter’s box following a foul ball, and although he initially stayed in the game, Teixeira was eventually removed and has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left calf strain. He’s expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
“It could be seven days, could be two weeks,” Teixeira told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “The MRI showed a Grade 1; it’s not a Grade 2, which is a month or more. That would be worrisome. We just have to take care of it. If it’s a week, great. If it’s two weeks, not as great, but I’d still have plenty of the season left.”
Unfortunately for fantasy owners, we’re at the time of the year where teams rarely make disabled list moves due to soon-to-be expanding rosters. Thus, you could be hamstrung if you’re lacking roster flexibility. The Yankees are likely to use Nick Swisher at first base while Tex is out, though new acquisition Steven Pearce could also get some time there. Pearce is also an option in right field if Swisher moves to first, as is Andruw Jones.
National League Quick Hits: Casey Kelly was superb in his major league debut Monday, blanking the Braves for six innings on just three hits and two walks. The young right-hander could remain in the Padres’ rotation for the rest of the year and is worth a look in NL-only formats ... Luke Gregerson notched his second save in as many days in Monday’s win over the Braves. Gregerson looks like the new temporary closer for the Padres while Huston Street is out. He’s been unscored upon in the second half and holds a 0.96 ERA since the beginning of June ... Andrew McCutchen tweaked his ankle in Monday’s loss to the Cardinals. He stayed in the game but was obviously compromised. However, McCutchen doesn’t plan on missing any games ... Josh Beckett allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies in his Dodgers’ debut Monday. He’ll try for better results this weekend against the D’Backs ... Aramis Ramirez homered twice and drove in four runs in Monday’s win over the Cubs. He now has 20 homers and a league-leading 43 doubles ... Scott Hairston was claimed off waivers Monday, but the Mets are not expected to trade him ... Nick Hundley will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He’s done for the year but should be 100 percent for spring training ... David Freese (wrist) missed his third straight start Monday but was able to pinch-hit. He’s expected back in the lineup Tuesday.
American League Quick Hits: Brett Anderson was outstanding for a second straight start Monday, shutting out the Indians on just two hits over seven innings, with one of the hits coming on a blown call at first base. The lefty has now allowed just one run over 14 frames since returning from the DL ... Felix Hernandez blanked the Twins Monday for his fifth shutout of the season. Four of his shutouts have come in one-run games ... The exploratory surgery Dallas Braden had last week on his left shoulder turned out to be rotator cuff surgery. He’s a question mark for next season ... Roberto Hernandez left Monday’s start with an ankle injury. He’s being listed as day-to-day ... Henderson Alvarez exited his start Monday with a contusion on his shin. He’s expected to be ready for his next start ... Jeff Niemann (fibula) is expected to be activated from the DL when rosters expand Saturday. It’s not clear whether he’ll be used in the rotation or the bullpen ... The Mariners have reportedly placed both Jason Vargas and Kevin Millwood on waivers. Both are likely to be claimed, but it doesn’t mean that either will be traded ... Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said he hasn’t made a decision on Alfredo Aceves’ future role. Aceves is back with the Sox after serving a three-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. It’s possible he’ll yield save chances to Andrew Bailey.