Kelvim Escobar might retire

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Kelvim Escobar waxes philosophical:

The injured Mets reliever Kelvim Escobar said he was very confident
he can come back from shoulder soreness to play this season, and
hopefully very soon. But in the event he cannot, Escobar can live with
it. “I’m a very proud man,” he said. “I’ve had a decent career. Whatever happens, I’ll be happy. It’s in the air,” he said. “You never know. It’s been two years
since I pitched. But right now I’m working hard to come back as soon as

If it is determined he needs surgery, Escobar said he would have it, as
long as the doctors tell him he could pitch again. But that would be
his last attempt.

Escobar had great stuff when he pitched. It’s a shame to see him get hit with so many injuries these past few years.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.