Colby Lewis was on the verge of rejoining the Rangers after a year-long recovery from elbow surgery, but now he needs hip surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
General manager Jon Daniels announced that Lewis will have surgery to remove bone spurs from his right hip and won’t be able to resume throwing for at least two months. According to Daniels the Rangers “felt he was putting his arm at risk if he pushed any further.”
By picking up Matt Garza from the Cubs and also welcoming back Alexi Ogando from the disabled list the Rangers aren’t lacking in rotation options even after losing Lewis, who re-signed on a one-year, $2 million deal with incentives. He’ll likely be looking for another incentive-heavy contract this offseason.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.