Johan Santana diagnosed with left shoulder fatigue

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Mets left-hander Johan Santana was sent to New York earlier this week for a checkup exam after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder following a three-inning rehab start.

That exam took place today. And the results are pretty much what we expected them to be.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets’ medical staff has diagnosed Santana with “left shoulder fatigue,” and have asked that he refrain from throwing a baseball for the next week.

Santana has no structural damage and should be able to get back on track next Friday, but there’s no guarantee that he will return to the majors this season. The southpaw hasn’t pitched in the bigs since September 2, 2010. He’s owed a salary of $24 million next season and $25.5 million in 2013.

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.