Kyle McClellan has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a strained elbow, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals right-hander recently underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
As recently as six weeks ago doctors told McClellan that he could avoid elbow surgery and rest the injury instead, but according to Hummel doctors now believe the elbow pain actually stemmed from “the arm compensating for the tear and irritation in the shoulder.”
So it’s not quite as if he suffered the shoulder injury while trying to come back from the elbow injury, but … well, that probably doesn’t make McClellan or the Cardinals feel any better about the whole situation. McClellan had been hoping to return next month, but instead he’ll miss the rest of this season and likely the first half of next season.
Prior to struggling this season McClellan threw 359 innings with a 3.61 ERA for the Cardinals, primarily working out of the bullpen.
The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.
This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.