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Trevor May has a torn UCL

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Twins’ right-hander Trevor May has been diagnosed with a torn UCL in his pitching elbow, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. May sustained the injury while pitching against Team USA on Wednesday night and was diagnosed with a tear in his right elbow after undergoing an MRI later in the week.

The 27-year-old completed his third circuit with the Twins in 2016, putting up a 5.27 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 12.7 SO/9 over 42 2/3 innings. Chronic back pain kept him out of the bullpen for most of the season, as it did in 2015, though this is the first serious arm injury to crop up in his professional career.

May is scheduled to get a second opinion on his elbow on Sunday. Tommy John surgery still remains a strong possibility, which could set him back at least 12 months. Further comments from Berardino suggest that the right-hander is open to “modified Tommy John [surgery], PRP, or ‘old fashioned Tommy John,'” all of which would require some rehab in the weeks and months to come.

Prior to his injury, May was working his way back to the rotation for the 2017 season and had been the frontrunner for the Twins’ fifth rotation spot. In his absence, the club will select from a pool of candidates that includes right-handers Jose Berrios and Tyler Duffey and left-hander Adalberto Mejia, among two or three others.

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.