The players ratify the labor deal

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The deal was obviously done, but today the MLBPA announced that the union membership has ratified the new collective bargaining agreement.

Some of our previous thoughts on the CBA can be read herehere and here.  The upshot: great for peace and notable issues like HGH testing and tobacco and stuff, worrisome for what it does to hamstring teams who want to build through the draft and amateur signings.  It’s a surprisingly small number of people who seem to care about that even though it will have a pretty tremendous impact on the game going forward.

But hey, no strikes, right?

Chad Kuhl underwent elbow surgery

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Per Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates’ director of sports medicine, starter Chad Kuhl underwent right elbow surgery on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. The Pirates should provide more details about the nature of the surgery and Kuhl’s timetable soon.

Kuhl, 26, has been out of action since late June with a strained right forearm. He had been on a throwing program but experienced a setback earlier this month.

This season, Kuhl made 16 starts, putting up a 4.55 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 33 walks across 85 innings.