Mets and White Sox interested in Cuban pitcher

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But it’s not the one you think. Nope, the Mets and White Sox are among the teams interested in Cuban right-hander Yuniesky Maya, according to Globedia.



In a separate story, Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com informs us that Maya threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic last week,
sitting mostly in the 88-92 MPH range. Maya, 28, was a member of the
Cuban national team from 2005-2009. Known for his superb control, he
posted a 1.23 ERA in 7 2/3 innings during this year’s World Baseball
Classic.




Maya would make for an interesting
addition to the Mets’ pitching staff, but general manager Omar Minaya would be utilizing yet
another spot on the 40-man roster for an unproven talent — the team
has already inked Ryota Igarashi and Clint Everts to major league deals this winter and added Kelvim Escobar on a major league deal this week despite him tossing a mere five innings at the major league level over the past two seasons.

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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