Kyle McClellan diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in elbow

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We heard earlier this morning that right-hander Kyle McClellan feared the possibility of requiring Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. There’s still a chance it may happen, but he received a minor piece of good news after being examined by Cardinals’ head team physician Dr. George Paletta.

B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest reports that McClellan was diagnosed with a strained flexor pronator and a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. However, the tear is small enough where he’ll attempt to rehab the injury over the next couple weeks rather than undergo surgery. It will probably be a while before he rejoins the Cardinals, though.

McClellan, who previously underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2005, has a 5.30 ERA and 11/9 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 relief innings this season. The Cardinals placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and recalled right-hander Brandon Dickson from Triple-A Memphis to take his spot in the bullpen.

Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds

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As is offseason tradition, the first of player-shape reports are trickling in. These usually use some variation of the phrase “best shape of [my/his] life.” This one, though, avoids that at least.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has lost 17-20 pounds so far this offseason. Schwarber said that he’s “already big and strong,” so “might as well try to get more explosive, faster.”

Though Schwarber knocked out 30 home runs this past season, his numbers were otherwise pedestrian. He hit .211/.315/.467 with 59 RBI and 67 runs scored in 486 plate appearances.

There has been some speculation that the Cubs will try to trade Schwarber to an American League team where he can be a DH. He’s a subpar defender, so making him a full-time DH makes a lot of sense. So far, though, the only team that has been linked to Schwarber this offseason has been the Red Sox.