D end of D line for Dmitri

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I wrote about Dmitri Young a couple of times a couple of weeks ago, with the gist being “hey, I like the guy and I hope he can make his way back.” Seems that’s never gonna happen now:

It looks like Dmitri Young’s career, which reached such inspiring
heights two years ago with the Nationals, has come to an end under
upsetting circumstances. Young, who has been on rehab with Class AA
Harrisburg all month, tore his left quadriceps muscle last week and is
out for the rest of the season. And given all he’s gone through the
last two years, it’s hard to believe he’s going to get another shot to
play in the major leagues.

I agree, it seems unlikely that he’ll get another chance to play
somewhere. Rehab is not his strong suit, and by the time his quad is
better, he’s gonna be even more out of shape than he ever has been
(which is really, really out of shape).

Baseball, unlike the other sports, always seems to have a place in
it for an oddball, both physically and behaviorally speaking, and Young
was one of them over the past decade or so. I don’t know how most
people feel about all of this, but I’ll miss him.

Jharel Cotton to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.

This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.