Fernando Rodriguez to undergo Tommy John surgery

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A’s reliever Fernando Rodriguez will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery and miss the entire season, according to John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News.

Rodriguez was acquired from the Astros last month as part of the Jed Lowrie trade after posting a 4.77 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 123 innings over two seasons in Houston.

He was fighting for a middle relief gig in Oakland and is already 28 years old, so it’s a very tough break for the hard-throwing right-hander.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.