Bad news for one of the Giants’ top prospects, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that outfielder Mac Williamson will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow tomorrow.
Williamson has been bothered by the elbow injury all spring. The 23-year-old was originally expected to begin the season with Double-A Richmond, but the Giants sent him back to High-A San Jose so he could serve exclusively as a designated hitter. However, he couldn’t play through the discomfort any longer. Position players often return from Tommy John surgery more quickly than pitchers, but the surgery is expected to end his season.
Williamson was a third-round pick in 2012 and batted .292/.375/.504 with 25 home runs and 10 stolen bases over 136 games last season in High-A. Baseball America ranked him as the Giants’ No. 5 prospect over the winter.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.