Josh Reddick struggled with wrist problems for much the season and now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s outfielder is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery soon.
Reddick was limited to just 114 games this season and saw his OPS drop 80 points compared to a strong 2012 campaign, hitting just .226 with 12 homers. He should have plenty of time to be ready for spring training.
In other A’s injury news: Sonny Gray will have surgery to repair the torn thumb ligament in his non-pitching hand and Jarrod Parker has been given a clean enough bill of health that he’s expected to avoid surgery on his forearm injury.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have signed pitcher Jesse Chavez. He’ll earn a $1 million base salary that will increase to $1.5 million if he’s added to the active roster, Heyman notes. The right-hander can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives as a reliever and $1 million in incentives as a starter.
Chavez, 34, struggled across 21 starts and 17 relief appearances for the Angels last season, finishing with a 5.35 ERA and a 119/45 K/BB ratio in 138 innings. He had decent peripherals, but has always allowed a high batting average on balls in play. Chavez has also been homer-prone in recent seasons which may only be exacerbated by the Rangers’ home ballpark.
The Rangers have Mike Minor and Matt Bush already clamoring for the fifth spot in the rotation, so it seems unlikely Chavez will open the year in the rotation. He could wind up there during the season, however, should any of the starters suffer an injury.