Report: Dustin Pedroia to have season-ending foot surgery

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Last week Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe quoted an unnamed source saying that Dustin Pedroia was “probably done for the year” and now he reports that the Red Sox’s second baseman “is expected to have surgery to insert a screw in his left foot sometime tomorrow at Massachusetts General Hospital.”
Various sources have said previously that Pedroia’s once-fractured foot never healed as quickly as hoped, although just last night manager Terry Francona told Pete Kerzel of MLB.com that his foot is “much improved from last week” and “it’s really encouraging to see the amount of healing that’s taken place in a week.”
According to Cafardo, at least, it apparently wasn’t encouraging enough, because he’s going under the knife after consulting with doctors yesterday.
Boston went 45-30 in the 75 games Pedroia was healthy enough to play this season and he hit .288/.367/.493 for an .860 OPS that’s just nine points off his MVP-winning .869 mark from 2008. In part because of missing Pedroia’s production and in part because of their ridiculous number of other injuries the Red Sox are just 30-28 when the Laser Show isn’t in the lineup.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.