As the injuries continue to pile up in St. Louis the Cardinals got a bit of good news on the health front, as doctors believe reliever Kyle McClellan’s partially torn elbow ligament won’t require surgery.
McClellan got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and for once that wasn’t a precursor to going under the knife, with Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reporting that he’s been told to “treat the injury with 6-8 weeks of rest” and “also had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm.”
The official diagnosis is a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. McClellan previously had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and certainly isn’t totally out of the woods yet when it comes to potentially needing it again, but Andrews apparently left him with some hope about returning in August and September.
McClellan has a 3.69 ERA in 378 career innings, making 17 starts and 233 relief appearances through age 27.
Setting their rotation for the beginning of the ALDS versus the Blue Jays, the Rangers announced that right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start Game 1 and left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 2.
Gallardo posted a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts this season, but averaged just 5.6 innings per start and hasn’t completed six or more innings in a start since mid-August. Clearly the Rangers will be hoping for five or six innings from him before turning it over to the bullpen.
Hamels, on the other hand, averaged seven innings in his 12 post-trade starts for the Rangers, including tossing a complete-game against the Angels in the regular season finale. He’s obviously the Rangers’ best starting pitcher, but because Hamels was needed to clinch the division title in Game 162 he’s not available to start Game 1 of the playoffs.
In the seemingly never-ending trend of front office officials getting new titles, the Cleveland Indians just announced that General Manager Chris Antonetti has been promoted to President of Baseball Operations and Mike Chernoff is now the GM.
Antonetti has been the Tribe’s GM for the past five years and is moving up in the wake of team president Mark Shapiro moving on to Toronto. Shapiro, however, also held business side responsibilities which Antonetti will not assume. Meaning, as before, he will be the top guy on baseball ops decisions, albeit with a grander title.
Chernoff has been an assistant GM for five years and has been with the organization for the past 12 years. As many new GMs these days he will, functionally speaking, still be an assistant when it comes to baseball decisions.