Jake Peavy to undergo season-ending surgery next week

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It’s official. Jake Peavy will undergo season-ending surgery next Wednesday in Chicago to repair the
detached latissimus dorsi in his right shoulder, according to Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune.

While Peavy hopes to be ready for the start of spring training next season, he cautioned about the unique nature of his particular injury.

“We hope to be up and throwing by spring training,” Peavy said Friday.
“Obviously, this is uncharted territory because it’s not common. While
(pitchers) have torn lats, they’ve never (had it) completely torn off
the bone with no attachments left. And that’s where we’re at. We’re
hoping, around the start of the season, to be back in action.”

“Nobody has had the surgery in baseball that we know of,” he said. “So I
guess I’m a guinea pig and (we’ll) see how it turns out.”

Yikes. Peavy, 29, will make $16 million in 2011 and $17 million in 2012. The White Sox hold a $22 million club option on Peavy for 2013 or a $4 million buyout. Hopefully it doesn’t become an albatross.

MLB may introduce “tacky” baseballs in 2018

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 25: Baseballs sit in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout prior to a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on April 25, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by David Welker/Getty Images)
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo has an interesting report today. MLB and Rawlings are developing a new baseball. It will have a tacky surface on the leather, allowing pitchers to get a better grip without having to resort to sunscreen and rosin and pine tar and stuff. Substances which, in theory, are for grip but which are really used by pitchers to doctor the ball, with MLB and opposing hitters mostly looking the other way.

They tested the new balls in the Arizona Fall League last year and Passan talks to a couple of the pitchers who used the ball. More testing would be required, though, so we’re not likely to see the new balls until at least 2018.

As you know, baseball players love change, so I’m sure we won’t hear another thing about the ball and its introduction will go off seamlessly.

Wait. It’ll still have seams. You know what I mean.

Here we go: Tim Tebow reports to Mets camp

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets speaks at a press conference after a work out at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.

Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.

The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.

In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems: