Jake Peavy scratched from start Monday vs. Royals

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As first reported by beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy has been ruled out for his scheduled Monday start against the Royals due to lingering stiffness in his lower back. Chris Sale will either be bumped ahead one day to make the start or the White Sox could try Hector Santiago again.

Peavy was also scratched from a start last Thursday night and has now been idle for close to 10 days. The White Sox seem likely to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 27, to bring in some bullpen depth. But the back discomfort is not thought to be related to any sort of serious injury.

Peavy, 31, has posted a solid 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 39/6 K/BB ratio in 32 innings this season. He signed a bargain two-year, $29 million free agent contract just after the conclusion of the playoffs last October.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.