Sad to say it, but we all had a feeling this news was coming.
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chris Young was diagnosed with an anterior capsule tear in his throwing shoulder. It’s the same injury that limited him to four starts last season — which he rehabbed — but he hasn’t decided whether he’ll rehab this latest injury or go ahead with surgery.
Either way, we can safely assume that he won’t be pitching for the Mets again anytime soon. And if he has surgery like teammate Johan Santana, who was diagnosed with the same injury last September, he could miss up to a year or more.
As Rubin wrote earlier today, the Mets won’t be responsible beyond Young’s $1.1 million base salary if he doesn’t pitch again this season. His contract includes $3.4 million in performance-based incentives which kicks in if he reaches 10 starts and 70 innings pitched. He has thrown 24 innings over four starts so far this season.
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.