In what has become a theme of late, we could have another pitcher who is headed for his second Tommy John surgery.
According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Astros reliever Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow. He’s scheduled to have a visit with Dr. James Andrews in the coming weeks, but he’s prepared for the possibility of another surgery and the lengthy rehab process that comes along with it.
“I might be 35, but I don’t have the skill set to say, ‘Oh, you know what, I’m just going to become a Harvard professor,’” Moylan said. “I’m going to continue to do this cause I love it. Every part of this game I love, I love the camaraderie. I love the competitiveness, all that sort of stuff. I’m not ready to stop yet.”
Moylan had his first Tommy John surgery in 2008 with the Braves. The Australia native has been limited to just 35 appearances at the major league level since 2011 due to back and shoulder injuries and was in camp with Houston this spring as a non-roster player. He turns 36 in December.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.