Padres left-hander Clayton Richard has been on the disabled list since exiting his June 21 start after just two pitches and next week he’ll undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.
Corey Brock of MLB.com has the details on the operation, writing that Richard “will have surgery to essentially shave down part of his left clavicle so he doesn’t encounter future problems with his acromioclavicular joint.” That sounds all kinds of not fun, but the good news is that Richard’s actual shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage (like, for instance, a torn labrum).
Last season Richard allowed the most hits and most homers in the NL while striking out the league’s fewest batters per nine innings, but he still posted a nice-looking 3.99 ERA thanks to calling Petco Park home. This year’s final line: 2-5 with a 7.01 ERA in 53 innings. Richard is making $5.24 million this season and is arbitration eligible again next year, but he seems likely to be non-tendered.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.