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Andrew Triggs underwent season-ending hip surgery

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Athletics’ right-hander Andrew Triggs is out for the season, the team announced Friday. Triggs underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on Thursday and is expected to be back on the mound in time for spring training next season. The Athletics transferred him to the 60-day disabled list prior to the All-Star break when his rehab process was stalled.

Triggs, 28, is in his sophomore season with the club. He went 5-6 in his first 12 starts of the year and pitched to a 4.27 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 6.9 SO/9 through 65 1/3 innings. While his overall production rate looked promising at the beginning of the 2017 season, he carried a four-game losing streak through his last four outings and got dinged for a cumulative 26 runs, seven walks and seven home runs over just 18 2/3 innings.

Without him, the A’s will press forward with a rotation featuring Sonny Gray, Sean Manaea, Daniel Gossett and Paul Blackburn. Sonny Gray continues to be the center of trade speculation, though a clear frontrunner has yet to emerge for the right-handed ace’s services.

A-Rod to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth

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Alex Rodriguez’s post-retirement renaissance continues apace. After starring as a studio host for Fox’s playoff coverage over the past couple of years, A-Rod is about to be named to, arguably, televised baseball’s top job: color commentary in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Michael McCarthy of The Sporting News is hearing that ESPN is going to give the gig, vacated by Aaron Boone by virtue of his hiring by the Yankees, to Rodriguez. There he’ll join Jessica Mendoza and whoever they get to replace play-by-play man Dan Shulman, who chose to step back from the Sunday night job following last season. This, by the way, marks the second time A-Rod has taken over Aaron Boone’s job given that he replaced Boone at third base for the Yankees in 2004.

The twist: A-Rod is likely to keep his Fox postseason job too. While some broadcasters work for multiple networks, it’s pretty rare for Fox to allow its talents to work for competitors like that. Apparently they believe keeping A-Rod — who five years ago was one of the most despised figures in baseball — is worth it. What a difference a few years makes.

In other news, Alex Rodriguez is likely to be shunned mightily by the current crop of BBWAA voters when he hits the Hall of Fame ballot in a couple of years. At the rate he’s going, though, their successors will put him in Cooperstown via the Ford Frick Award sometime in the 2040s.