Rays setup man/closer Jake McGee, who made his way back from elbow surgery to re-establish himself as one of the league’s elite left-handed relievers, will now miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
McGee suffered a torn mensicus while blowing a save Tuesday against the Astros, which is a shame because he was as dominant as ever with a 2.57 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 35 innings while holding opponents to a .195 batting average and .538 OPS.
McGee is making $3.55 million this season at age 29 and is under team control via arbitration for 2016 and 2017.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.
Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.
In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”