Let’s take a look at some of the latest MLB news and notes, including a hit on the depth of the San Diego Padres pitching, a St. Louis Cardinals player on a hot streak, and Atlanta Braves fans paying homage to a great player who has moved on to the West Coast.
MLB news: Julio Teheran opts out of San Diego Padres minor leagues
The potential for the MLB veteran best known for his time with the Atlanta Braves to join the Padres in the rotation if needed came to a screeching halt on Monday when Teheran opted out of his minor league contract. The 32-year-old right-hander had been pitching at Triple-A El Paso after making a bid for the team in spring training, posting a 5.63 ERA in 40.0 innings covering eight starts.
San Diego had some early issues with the rotation as Joe Musgrove started the season on the injured list and Seth Lugo recently landed on the IL with a strained right calf. However, Ryan Weathers was able to bridge the gap, bouncing between El Paso and San Diego when needed.
St. Louis Cardinals news: Paul DeJong just keeps raking
Another day, another home run for Paul DeJong, who has helped the Cardinals rise out of the National League Central cellar with his power.
Including Monday night’s blast in Cincinnati, DeJong now has five home runs this month, including four in the past six games. DeJong has started 14 straight games at shortstop since May 8, and the Cardinals are 10-4 during that span.
Atlanta Braves news: Fans give a welcome back to Freddie Freeman
Even in Freeman’s second visit to Atlanta after signing a mega-deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s clear that Braves fans still think highly of the man who spent 12 years in the organization and helped Atlanta capture the 2021 World Series.