The Pirates surprisingly signed Ryan Vogelsong as a one-year stopgap to help bridge the starting rotation while their young stars matured in the minors. Unfortunately for Vogelsong, spring training sensation Juan Nicasio beat him out for the fifth starter's spot, banishing the veteran to the bullpen. When the 39-year-old finally started, he was hit in the face by a Jordan Lyles' pitch, nearly ending his career. After missing two and a half months, Vogelsong returned and compiled a 2.48 ERA in his first five starts (29 innings) back. He struggled thereafter (7.67 ERA, 1.75 WHIP in 31.1 IP) . He signed a minor league contract with Minnesota and will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, but a rough September may signal the end is near for the World Series hero.
Vogelsong asked for and was granted his release from the Twins on Tuesday, Rhett Bolinger of MLB.com reports. Vogelsong was fighting for the fifth starter role with the Twins this spring, but he was always a long shot compared to younger options and he didn't do much to help his cause, posting a 7.27 ERA across 8.2 innings (five games). The 39-year-old will now look to get a shot with another team before camp ends.
Vogelsong gave up two runs over three innings in Saturday's spring training loss to Boston. He has a 7.27 ERA with a 5:5 K:BB in 8.2 innings this spring. He reached just 89 mph with his fastball during Saturday's outing, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Vogelsong is in the mix for the fifth starter competition that's become more wide open with Trevor May headed for Tommy John surgery. He hasn't shown much this spring, although he says his velocity will increase later in spring as he builds his strength. It seems unlikely he'll win a spot on the 25-man roster, but it's possible the Twins could decide to begin the season with Vogelsong as the fifth starter and serve in a swingman role with off days until younger players are ready in the minors.
Manager Paul Molitor insists Vogelsong is only a candidate for a rotation spot and will not compete for a bullpen role, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The veteran was signed as a non-roster invitee over the winter. Although Vogelsong has pitched few innings this spring, the Twins quelled any thoughts of him moving to relief by simply stating that he's progressing at a veteran's pace this spring. Minnesota's rotation is anything but set in stone as of now, yet there are a lot of arms clamoring for the last couple spots, so Vogelsong seems to be facing an uphill climb to garnering a major league roster spot.
Vogelsong signed a minor league contract with Minnesota that includes an invitation to spring training, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. After missing two and a half months last season after he was hit in the face by a batted ball, Vogelsong had a 4.81 ERA and 5.06 FIP. At age 39, he appears to be a poor fit for the rebuilding Twins. He'll compete for a rotation spot, but it may end up being an audition to find work with another team.
Vogelsong settled for a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits and three walks in five innings against the Cardinals on Sunday. He struck out one. Vogelsong was in line for the win when he left the game, but Pittsburgh's bullpen promptly allowed three runs in the sixth, denying him a chance at his fourth victory. The outing was a rare highlight in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the 39-year-old, who posted a 4.81 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 82.1 innings. It's been a few seasons since he was fantasy-relevant, and given his age it's possible he retires during the offseason.