The Tigers have acquired right-hander Cody Sedlock from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations, as announced by the O’s. Sedlock was designated for assignment and then outrighted to Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate last month.
Sedlock made his MLB debut earlier this season, tossing three innings in a single appearance for Baltimore. This cup of coffee represented the end of a difficult journey for Sedlock in his career, as he has had to overcome multiple major injuries — thoracic outlet surgery, plus injuries to his forearm and shoulder. Sedlock was the 27th overall pick of the 2016 draft, but between his injuries and the canceled 2020 minor league season, he has tossed only 396 1/3 innings over his six pro seasons.
Between some control problems and various stops and starts on the injured list, Sedlock unsurprisingly had some rocky numbers in the minor leagues, with a 4.52 ERA to show for his time in the Orioles’ farm system. Still, the 27-year-old was a well-regarded prospect earlier in his career, with Baseball America ranking Sedlock second among all Baltimore minor leaguers back in 2017.
It could be that the Tigers see Sedlock as a change-of-scenery candidate, or perhaps Detroit is simply looking for low-cost starting candidates for its injury-riddled rotation. Almost every member of the Tigers rotation has missed some amount of time on the IL this season, with Casey Mize’s Tommy John surgery representing the longest-term absence. It also isn’t known when (or if) Eduardo Rodriguez will return to the team, as the southpaw has been on the restricted list for almost a month while dealing with a personal matter.