Felix Doubront made the A’s rotation in spring training but he didn’t make it into the season. On Opening Day the Athletics placed him on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.
The A’s first described the injury as a left elbow sprain, but the team just announced that Doubront will have reconstructive surgery on his UCL tomorrow. That’s Tommy John to you and me. That means that Doubront will be out until the middle of next season.
Doubront has pitched six years in the bigs, compiling a record of 31-26 and an ERA of 4.89. A swingman, Doubront has started 85 of his career 118 games. Tough break.
Not a great day for the Tigers so far as they trail the Pirates 7-2. Worse: their starting catcher just left the game after running into Pirates first baseman John Jaso while trying to leg out a grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is taking over for McCann behind home plate. No word yet on the nature of the injury, but we’ll update you when we hear.
Remember Luis Jimenez? He played for the Angels, Brewers and Red Sox between 2013 and 2015. It’d be understandable if you forgot him. He only had one plate appearance last year. He never played more than 34 games in a season and never showed that he could handle big league pitching despite some OK minor league numbers.
This year he’s in Korea playing for the LG Twins. He’s off to a pretty hot start there, having hit three homers in his first seven games, so maybe he’s finally found a home. Now all he has to do is to find his way home without falling over after rounding third base:
Good luck in Korea, Luis. Keep it upright and you’ll be fine.
(h/t The Big Lead)