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.
Tom Schuba of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Athletics outfielder Dustin Fowler has filed suit against the White Sox for negligence. Fowler sustained a season-ending injury during a collision at Guaranteed Rate Field last June and is also bringing the lawsuit against the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority agency, as neither party took measures to secure the ballpark’s unpadded electrical box that exacerbated his injuries.
The 22-year-old outfielder was just two outs into his major league debut with the Yankees when the incident occurred. Fowler tracked a Jose Abreu foul ball down the first base line and flipped over the short railing. He was noticeably limping after colliding with a knee-high electrical box at the wall and collapsed to the ground within seconds before being carted off the field.
The official diagnosis: a ruptured patellar tendon and season-ending surgery on his right knee. Per Schuba’s report, which can be read here in full, Fowler has claimed “‘severe and permanent’ external and internal injuries, as well as mental pain and anguish” following the collision.
No specific demands have been publicized yet. Fowler is said to be seeking money from both the White Sox and the Sports Facilities Authority, likely enough to cover the “large sums” he spent on medical care for the surgery and related treatments.