As I mentioned earlier in the post on John Lackey and Hector Rondon going to the disabled list, there hasn’t been a whole lot of discussion around here about the 40-man roster with respect to the two new pitchers joining the team tonight, Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena. That’s because there are several players on the 40-man roster who’ve been on the disabled list for more than 60 days (or will be by the time they’re healthy), and thus could be transferred to the 60-day disabled list with no issue at all*, thus removing them from the 40-man roster.
And, so it is, with each of Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks, who will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list (Wittenmyer).
Brooks, the acquisition in the original Chris Coghlan trade, missed the first half of the season with a hip injury, came back in June at Iowa, but then hasn’t pitched since July. I’m not entirely sure of his current injury (still the hip, perhaps?), but it’s highly unlikely he’ll appear in the big leagues this year. I suppose it’s plausible he re-appears in the minors on a rehab assignment before the minor league season is over.
Beeler, who got some spot starts in the big leagues over the past couple years, similarly was out from Spring Training until June, is pretty much exactly ditto on all of that, except it was originally an elbow issue, not hip. But he came back in June, made some starts, and then didn’t pitch again in July and August. Like Brooks, Beeler was not expected to appear with the big league team down the stretch.
Hopefully each guy gets healthy in the coming weeks and months. Brooks was an upside super utility candidate coming into the season, so there remains hope if he can get healthy. That’s mostly true for Beeler, though he’s had myriad injury issues over the past five years. Neither player has options remaining after this season, so they would have to make the big league team out of Spring Training next year, or be subjected to waivers.
*(As far as I know, the only considering is that, when a player is on the 40-man roster and on the 60-day disabled list, he accrues big league service time while he’s on that 60-day DL. So, then, a player who was in the minors, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and then is subsequently moved to the 60-day DL will then start accruing big league service time, even though he was never called up. With respect to some players, that might be a consideration, but less so for guys that you aren’t certain are going to be big league mainstays anyway.)