Cubs right-hander Jacob Turner will be shut down from throwing for at least one month after a second opinion confirmed the diagnosis of a bone bruise and flexor strain in his elbow.
J.J. Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage, so that’s the good news. Turner is out of minor-league options, so he’ll begin the season on the Cubs’ disabled list and then be sent out on a lengthy minor-league rehab assignment once he’s healthy enough to resume throwing.
Turner had been in the mix for the final spot in the Cubs’ rotation. He struggled last season, but the 24-year-old former top-10 draft pick has a 4.97 ERA in 299 career innings.
Yu Darvish sought three opinions on his sprained elbow ligament and they all recommended Tommy John surgery, so the Rangers ace will go under the knife next week. Dr. James Andrews will do the honors.
He’ll miss the entire season, but the hope is that by choosing the surgery now rather than attempting the rest-and-rehab route Darvish will be back early in 2016 and perhaps even by Opening Day. He’s dealt with elbow problems since last season, when he spent the final six weeks on the disabled list.
Darvish has been fantastic since signing a six-year, $56 million deal with the Rangers in 2012, going 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in 545 innings while holding opponents to a .216 batting average and posting a strikeout rate of 11.2 per nine innings that ranks as the highest in baseball among starters.
Texas had the worst record in the league last season as injuries wrecked the roster on the way to 95 losses and Darvish being knocked out for the year is a major blow to the Rangers’ hopes of returning to contention. He’s signed through 2017.
Several weeks after signing Yoan Moncada the Red Sox finally made the deal official today by holding a press conference introducing the 19-year-old Cuban prospect.
Boston’s total investment in Moncada is $63 million, with $31.5 million going to Moncada and $31.5 million being tacked on as a tax/penalty.
As for his timetable to reach the majors, general manager Ben Cherington said the Red Sox will send Moncada to low Single-A to begin the season and he’ll be used primarily as a second baseman there. He also has experience at shortstop, third base, and in the outfield.
He could move quickly through the minors, of course, but in general Dustin Pedroia doesn’t need to be looking over his shoulder anytime soon. Moncada is an elite prospect–Baseball America put him in their revised top 10 after the signing–but he’s still just 19 years old.
Rays right-hander Alex Colome, who has a good chance to crack the Opening Day rotation after impressing down the stretch last season, is now “out indefinitely” after being diagnosed with pneumonia.
Colome’s arrival to spring training was delayed until now by visa issues, so he’s going to be very far behind the other pitchers whenever he’s cleared to resume throwing.
He has a 2.50 ERA and 25/19 K/BB ratio in 40 innings for the Rays through age 25 and posted solid numbers in the minors despite shaky control and a PED suspension, cracking Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list back in 2010.
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee, but for now at least the team insists it’s a minor injury that will only sideline him for a few days.
Of course, already this spring we’ve seen plenty of “minor” injuries across baseball quickly prove to be very serious and the Nationals have a lot of banged up position players right now led by Denard Span and his 4-6 recovery timetable for core muscle surgery.
Rendon was one of the best all-around players in the league last season as a 24-year-old in his first full MLB campaign, hitting .287 with 21 homers and an .824 OPS while taking over for Ryan Zimmerman as the starting third baseman.
He was injured on a diving play during Monday’s game.