Brewers left-hander Manny Parra to undergo elbow surgery

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Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow.

Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on to become a big leaguer–and at one point looked very promising–it actually held up pretty well.

Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the surgery is unrelated to Parra’s previous elbow issues, which included a strained flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament for which multiple doctors advised against Tommy John surgery.

Surgery to repair the decade-old screw would require an offseason full of rehab, but should leave Parra with plenty of time to be ready for spring training. Whether he’ll still be with the Brewers by that point is another issue.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.