Marcus Stroman undergoes knee surgery

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman tore the ACL in his left knee during a bunt drill last week and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that he underwent successful surgery today.

The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews and Stroman is expected to miss the entire 2015 season. The 23-year-old had a 3.65 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 across 20 starts and six relief appearances as a rookie last season and appeared primed for a breakout year in Toronto’s rotation, but that will all be put on hold until next year.

Below is a picture from Stroman’s Twitter account prior to the surgery. He’s staying positive under the circumstances:

With Stroman sidelined, Aaron Sanchez now appears locked into a rotation spot for the Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Daniel Norris and Marco Estrada are still competing for the fifth spot.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.