Nationals prospect Sammy Solis to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

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UPDATE: It’s official, Solis will have Tommy John surgery next week.

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Sammy Solis, a 2010 second-round pick Baseball America recently ranked as the Nationals’ sixth-best prospect, has been shut down after experiencing elbow pain during a throwing session and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Solis left Nationals camp yesterday and traveled to California for a meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who’s second to only Dr. James Andrews when it comes to operating on pitchers.

Zuckerman reports that Solis first experienced elbow problems while pitching in the Arizona Fall League in November, but at the time different doctors gave differing opinions and ultimately the Nationals told the 23-year-old left-hander to simply rest the injury.

Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann both came back very strong from Tommy John surgery, so the Nationals can still have high hopes for Solis joining them in the rotation one day, but he’d miss the entire 2012 season and perhaps be limited at the beginning of 2013 as well.

Cubs sign Drew Smyly to a two-year, $10 million contract

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.

Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.

Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.