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Dexter Fowler’s injury could be more severe than first expected


Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 590 AM today that Dexter Fowler‘s right shoulder injury could be “more significant” and “more debilitating” than Stephen Piscotty‘s hamstring injury. Fowler strained his shoulder during a diving catch attempt last night.

Piscotty has already been placed on the disabled list. The Cardinals haven’t made an official move with Fowler yet, but it should happen as soon as they hear back on his MRI.

To make up for the loss of Piscotty, the Cards promoted Tommy Pham. Assuming Fowler is hitting the DL too, another move will be required.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.