Not much went right for John Lamb in 2016, as he took a step back in most meaningful areas in his sophomore season. Known as a high-strikeout and good-control pitcher in the minors, the lefty's K/9 rate fell by three full strikeouts from his 2015 mark, and he posted a 4.0 BB/9 in 2016. He also had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, yielding 14 home runs in just 70 innings before being sent back to the minors. While the 25-year-old was able to regain his control at the Triple-A level, the overall results weren't much better as he still posted a 5.22 ERA and ultimately underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc. After spending two weeks of the offseason on the Rays' roster, Lamb was released and signed on with the Angels in December. He'll likely miss the beginning of the season and may end up spending most of the year in the minors.
Lamb (back) was cleared to begin a throwing program on Monday, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports. Lamb will begin a throwing program in the near future after being cleared by Dr. Robert Watkins. The southpaw hasn't thrown since undergoing offseason surgery on his back in October, so it will likely be a while before he's able to return to game action.
Lamb (back) is eyeing a return near the All-Star break, according to the Orange County Register. The Angels signed Lamb this offseason knowing he would have to miss some time after undergoing back surgery last October. The southpaw didn't fair well with the Reds last season, posting a 6.43 ERA in 70 innings. He does posses the ability to strike batters out (8.72 K/9), which is likely what enticed the Angels to sign the 26-year-old. Even with his poor ERA totals, the pitching-deficient Angels will likely give Lamb a look once he is fully rehabbed.
Lamb (back) signed a minor league deal with the Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Lamb was traded to the Rays earlier in the offseason but was released just two weeks later, and will now land in the Angels' organization. The 26-year-old underwent back surgery in October and is expected to miss the beginning of the season and he'll likely need a few rehab starts under his belt once healthy, so it's a bit unclear when he'll get a chance to help out in the Los Angeles pitching staff. He posted a 5.80 ERA in 2015 and a 6.43 mark last season though, so a major league roster spot isn't guaranteed even when he is healthy.
Lamb (back) was released by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays acquired Lamb from Cincinnati earlier this month in exchange for cash considerations, but ultimately they decided that 40-man spot would be better used protecting a young player from the Rule 5 draft. Lamb underwent surgery to repair a lumbar disc herniation in his back in October and he is not expected to be ready to begin the 2017 season.
Lamb (back) will begin the season on the disabled list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The recently acquired Lamb had back surgery early in the offseason, and his recovery timetable is expected to last into the season. Lamb, a 26-year-old righty, split time between two levels last season and notched a 6.43 ERA over 14 starts with the Reds. Topkin notes that Lamb could be an addition to the Rays' rotation once he comes off the disabled list.