Santana to have bone chips removed, out for season

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Johan Santana will miss the remainder of the season following elbow surgery, but believe it or not that news actually qualifies as relatively positive for the Mets. Santana will be going under the knife, but the procedure is merely to clean out bone chips in his elbow rather than replace any ligaments.
He’s expected to be fully healthy in time for spring training and bounced back well after previously having bone chips removed during his time in Minnesota. Santana clearly hasn’t been himself of late, managing just 60 strikeouts over his last 101 innings, yet still managed to post a 3.22 ERA since the All-Star break while pitching through pain. He has four years and $95.5 million remaining on his contract.

Rangers claim Tommy Joseph off waivers from Philly

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The Texas Rangers claimed first baseman Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies. Philadelphia designated Joseph for assignment last week to make room for Jake Arrieta.

Joseph hit 22 home runs and knocked in 69 in 142 games last season, but he did not get on base — or hit for power, for that matter — at the clip a first baseman needs to in order to be an asset, posting a line of .240/.289/.432. He had a better 2016, so it’s not that he’s without promise, but the Phillies have obviously decided to head in a different direction.

Joseph doesn’t really have a spot in Texas either with Joey Gallo handling first base and Shin-Soo Choo at DH, but he has an option left and could serve as depth for the Rangers, plying his trade at Round Rock until he’s needed.