Jake Petricka, who was the White Sox’s closer for much of last season, will begin this year on the disabled list with forearm soreness.
Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that no structural damage was found and general manager Rick Hahn indicated that Petricka may be able to return from the DL as soon as his 15 days are up.
Petricka saved 14 games with a 2.96 ERA and 55/33 K/BB ratio in 73 innings last season and will slide back into a setup role thanks to the arrival of closer David Robertson via free agency.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.