According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will be sidelined for three weeks after he underwent surgery this morning to remove a small bone that was putting pressure on a tendon in his left foot.
Despite the surgery, the Rangers still expect Soto to be ready for Opening Day. It’s estimated that he’ll resume full baseball activities by mid-March, which should give him about two weeks to get ready for the season.
Soto, who hit .245/.328/.466 with nine home runs in 184 plate appearances last season, is slated to take over as the primary catcher for Texas now that A.J. Pierzynski is with the Red Sox. The Rangers signed J.P. Arencibia this offseason to serve as Soto’s backup.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.