RP - FA
Minnesota Twins left-handed reliever Zach Duke is headed to the Seattle Mariners in a trade, MLB insider Jon Heyman reports on Twitter.
The return is not yet known, but the Mariners added a left-handed arm to the middle of their bullpen while the Twins dealt a 35-year-old on an expiring contract. Duke's value will increase in formats that reward for holds and remain unchanged in most other formats. He has a 3.62 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings this season.
Zach Duke pitched 1 2/3 innings Friday surrendering one hit while striking one batter out on the night.
Duke has been a little inconsistent since his return from Tommy John. At this point Duke has no fantasy value. If he starts pitching better he could see some holds.
Zach Duke made two appearances for the Cardinals Gulf Coast League team and made his debut Tuesday for High-A Palm Beach. Duke pitched a scoreless inning giving up one hit and recorded one strikeout.
Duke continues to look sharp 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals will more than likely take their time with Duke because of his age and mileage. Duke could be back late July or early August.
Zach Duke was sent to extended spring training in Florida.
Duke will start the next phase of his rehab. He wont be pitching in games but will be pitching live batting practice for a month. He'll start by throwing his fastball and adding his other pitches as he progresses. Its still the goal to get him back in the pen by late July or August.
Zach Duke threw 30 fastballs in a bullpen session and will continue to throw sessions until the end of the month.
Barring any setbacks Duke will be sent to High-A Palm Beach on rehab assignment and is on track to return late July or early August. If Duke comes back 100 percent healthy he could be a good source of holds and strikeouts, but he is coming back from Tommy John surgery and it usually takes 12 to 16 months to return to 100 percent. He had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 14, 2016.