Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow.
Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on to become a big leaguer–and at one point looked very promising–it actually held up pretty well.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the surgery is unrelated to Parra’s previous elbow issues, which included a strained flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament for which multiple doctors advised against Tommy John surgery.
Surgery to repair the decade-old screw would require an offseason full of rehab, but should leave Parra with plenty of time to be ready for spring training. Whether he’ll still be with the Brewers by that point is another issue.
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.