Blue Jays exercise $6.7 million option on J.A. Happ


The Blue Jays will exercise a $6.7 million club option for pitcher J.A. Happ, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Happ, 32, finished the 2014 season with his best numbers in five years. He posted a 4.22 ERA with a 133/51 K/BB ratio in 158 innings. The lefty started the season on the disabled list due to a back injury and initially contributed out of the bullpen before cementing a spot at the back of the Jays’ rotation in May.

Happ is expected to once again contribute out of the back-end of the Jays’ rotation in 2015.

Luis Urías to miss six to eight weeks with fractured hamate bone

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Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.

The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.

Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.

Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.