Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

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Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around.

Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract, will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

Meredith had a very nice three-and-a-half-season run with the Padres, posting a 3.26 ERA in 237 innings, but the right-handed ground-baller saw his performance dip after joining the Orioles in mid-2009 and spent much of last season in the minors.

He’s still just 28 years old, so there’s plenty of time for Meredith to make a full recovery, but as a side-armer with a mid-80s fastball he didn’t have a ton of margin for error even before going under the knife.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.