MLB notebook: Lincecum sharp in showcase for pro scouts
Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum looked sharp in a 41-pitch showcase in front of scouts from nearly every major league club.
Throwing Friday at Scottsdale Stadium, Lincecum threw a mix of pitches in two sessions, consistently hitting 88 to 91 mph with his fastball.
Once one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers, the right-hander has fallen off in recent years as he has dealt with hip issues.
Lincecum has not pitched since June 27 with the Giants and had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Sept. 3.
He said he felt good after the session and is hoping to catch on with a team soon, preferably as a starter.
Angels’ Richards likely needs major elbow surgery
Angels ace Garrett Richards is expected to need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, sidelining him into next season, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
It is a serious blow to the Angels, who have four starters sidelined in various stages of recovery from arm injuries.
Richards made his first opening day start for the Angels last month, cementing his rise atop the staff since his breakthrough 2014 season. He is 1-3 with a 2.34 ERA in six starts this season, repeatedly facing other teams’ aces and getting meager run support from his light-hitting teammates.
He went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 2014 before requiring season-ending knee surgery that August. Richards then went 15-12 last season, and he signed a one-year, $6.425 million deal for the current season to avoid arbitration.
Reds C Mesoraco having season-ending surgery
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will have surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday, resulting in a second straight season wiped out by injury.
Mesoraco tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. He will be in rehabilitation for four to six months.
The 27-year-old catcher was an All-Star for the first time in 2014, when he hit 25 homers and drove in 80 runs. A sore hip limited him to 23 games last season and required surgery. He started having problems with his left shoulder during the first week of this season.
Mesoraco says it’s “just hard to believe” that when he was fully recovered from the hip surgery, his shoulder became a problem.
Yankees put Sabathia on DL
The Yankees put left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin.
The team brought up left-hander Phil Coke from the minors to replace him on the roster.
The 35-year-old Sabathia was coming off his best start of the season Wednesday night when he pitched seven shutout innings and struck out six at Baltimore. He is 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA.
This is another blow to the last-place Yankees. Before Wednesday’s game, designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
Former Pirates right-hander Vin Mazzaro was designated for assignment by the Giants. … The White Sox recalled right-handed reliever Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte. … The tumbling Twins sent struggling catcher John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Rochester and designated relievers Ryan O’Rourke and J.R. Graham for release or assignment.