Marc Rzepczynski out 6 weeks with broken finger

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Marc Rzepczynski was battling for a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation after posting a 3.67 ERA in 11 starts as a rookie last season, but took a ground ball off his left hand in yesterday’s game and has been diagnosed with a fractured middle finger.
He won’t be cleared to pick up a ball for at least two weeks and is expected to miss up to six weeks in all, making it likely that he’ll have to work his way back into the Blue Jays’ rotation plans with a stint at Triple-A.
Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero, and Brandon Morrow are expected to fill the first three spots in Toronto’s rotation, and now that Rzepczynski is out of the picture Dana Eveland, Brian Tallet, and Brett Cecil are competing for the final two spots. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian notes that Eveland and Tallet will almost surely make the team, but their roles haven’t been determined yet.

Cardinals acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins

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The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Marcell Ozuna from the Miami Marlins. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the deal was done. Ozuna still has to take a physical.

There is no report yet about what the Cards had to give up to get Ozuna, but given that the Cards and Marlins put a deal together for Giancarlo Stanton, the sides certainly have discussed various Cards prospects recently.

Ozuna fills a major need for the Cardinals, who had serious weaknesses in the middle of the order in 2017. Last year their number three hitters hit a combined .246/.338/.425 and their cleanup hitters hit 270/.350/.444. Ozuna, 27, had a fantastic offensive year in 2017, hitting .312/.376/.548 with 37 home runs and 124 RBI in 159 games.

Ozuna made $3.5 million this past season and is due for arbitration this offseason. He is under contractual control through 2019.