White Sox exercise 2010 options on Garcia, Thornton

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As expected, this afternoon the White Sox exercised their 2010 options on Freddy Garcia and Matt Thornton.
Thornton is a no-brainer at $2.25 million, because he’s been one of the premier setup men in the league since arriving via trade with the Mariners in the spring of 2006. Thornton was a huge disappointment in Seattle and the Mariners basically gave him away for fellow bust Joe Borchard, but he’s gone 20-13 with a 3.31 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 250 innings during four years in Chicago’s bullpen.
Injuries have limited Garcia to just 129 innings over the past three seasons, but he showed enough by going 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA down the stretch that the White Sox like him as a $1 million fifth starter. Garcia is 34 years old and rarely cracks 90 miles per hour at this point, so his days of being an impact pitcher are over, but if healthy he should be a solid No. 5 guy behind what could be the league’s strongest front four in Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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