Between the expanded roster size and numerous players being added as injury replacements this season’s All-Star game will feature a total of 72 players, with 36 for the AL and 36 for the NL.
Technically at any one point there are 750 major leaguers on active rosters, but in terms of “regulars” that number is probably closer to, say, 600.
I figure each team has a five-man rotation and a nine-man lineup, plus a key bench player and five key relievers. And that actually seems like a pretty generous defintion of “regulars.”
Anyway, if you go along with the notion that each team has 20 “regulars” and there are a total of 600 “regulars” in the majors that means 72 out of 600 are All-Stars. That works out to 12 percent of all regulars being named All-Stars, or one out of every 8.3 players.
Something to think about next time everyone gets all worked up over supposed “snubs.”
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 26-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.