Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Ian Snell decided to retire Tuesday at age 29 after the St. Louis Cardinals optioned him to the minor leagues.
The right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals in January after going 0-5 with 6.41 ERA in 12 games, eight of them starts, for the Mariners last season.
The Cardinals had anticipated Snell starting the season at Triple-A Memphis.The move leaves them with 42 healthy players in camp.
“The initial hope was he was going to be someone who could give us protection at Memphis,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said. “ It’s not a huge hit to us at this point.”
He was 38-53 with a 4.80 ERA in seven seasons.
CARPENTER READY TO GET BACK ON MOUND
Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is set to return from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two weeks.
Carpenter left his March 1 spring debut in the third inning with a left hamstring strain. He’s scheduled to make his second spring start today against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla.
Barring another setback, manager Tony La Russa anticipated the right-hander would have no problem elevating his pitch count in time to start on opening day, March 31, at home against the San Diego Padres.
AROUND THE HORN
Tests revealed that Oakland closer Andrew Bailey has a strained forearm, news that came as a relief to the Athletics after they feared he had a serious elbow injury. Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore passed another running test and might be in Cleveland’s lineup by Sunday. He had microfracture surgery on his left knee June 4. Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been sidelined with back spasms, said that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed no damage. Pitcher Justin Duchscherer, who had a bothersome hip, had an arthrogram, and no structural damage was found. Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain underwent an MRI for a strained muscle near his rib cage and will not pitch for at least a few days. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (groin) and catcher Ivan Rodriguez (calf) were scratched from the Nationals’ lineup and likely will be sidelined for four or five days.