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Drew Storen to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Reds’ right-handed reliever Drew Storen will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans. Storen was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Wednesday with a right elbow sprain, but has not appeared in a game since September 1. The Reds tried resting their reliever for a week before deciding to place him on the DL, but it appears that little progress has been made with either approach. A timeline for Storen’s return has not been released, though it’s safe to assume that he’ll miss the entire 2018 season during his recovery.

Storen, 30, is in his first run with the Reds. He finished the season with a 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.2 SO/9 in 54 2/3 innings that more accurately reflects a disappointing second half performance than the dominant stretch of 2.80-ERA ball he delivered in the first half. This will be his first major elbow surgery since 2012, when he was sidelined for the bulk of his campaign with the Nationals after getting bone chips removed from his right elbow.

The veteran righty stands to make $3 million in 2017 after signing a one-year contract with the Reds back in January. He’ll enter free agency heading into the 2018 season, but may have a tough time finding another suitor before his recovery is complete.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.