Manny Machado undergoes season-ending knee surgery

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As announced on the Baltimore Orioles’ official Twitter account …

“Manny’s surgery went real well,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MASN’s Roch Kubatko. That was good to hear …What they thought was going to happen and what they thought they were going to find.”

Machado is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training in 2015, but that can’t be guaranteed. This is the second time in as many years that the young infielder has been shut down early by a serious knee injury. He snapped the medial patellar ligament in his left knee last September when he stepped awkwardly on the first base bag and then tore a ligament in his right knee on August 11 of this season after falling on a hard swing.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.

Report: Cardinals, Yadier Molina making “major progress” on contract extension

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.

Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.

Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.