Veteran reliever Joe Beimel undergoes Tommy John surgery

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No wonder Joe Beimel couldn’t make a team this spring; he was pitching with a torn elbow ligament.

Beimel underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports. He plans to resume his career next season.

The 35-year-old said he’s been pitching with the sore elbow for years. He had a 5.33 ERA in 35 appearances for Pittsburgh last year. He signed with the Rangers this spring but was released a week prior to Opening Day.

Beimel had his best seasons with the Dodgers from 2006-08, finishing with ERAs of 2.96, 3.88 and 2.02 while making between 62 and 83 appearances each year. Since he’s left-handed, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a team willing to take a shot on him next spring.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.