White Sox sign former Arkansas, USC quarterback Mitch Mustain


Mitch Mustain’s football career never panned out as expected, so now he’s giving baseball a try.

Mustain, who went from national high school player of the year to barely playing at two different colleges, has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox after being cut by a Canadian Football League team.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune notes that Mustain didn’t play baseball in college, but the right-handed pitcher apparently showed enough during a tryout last month that the White Sox took a flier on him.

Last winter he was arrested on suspicion of selling prescription narcotics following a sting operation in California. Charges were never filled, but Mustain later admitted: “I could make a decent chunk of change selling it and I was caught.”

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.