Duke ace, potential No. 1 pick Mike Matuella needs Tommy John surgery


Duke right-hander Mike Matuella, viewed by some analysts as the potential No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Matuella started six games this season, throwing 25 innings with a 1.08 ERA and 24 strikeouts. J.J. Cooper of Baseball America notes that in addition to the elbow surgery teams have also been worried about the health of his back, so the 6-foot-6 junior’s stock could be plummeting.

Brady Aiken, who went unsigned as last year’s No. 1 overall pick, recently had Tommy John surgery and one of the projected candidates to be the No. 1 overall pick next year, Stanford ace Cal Quantrill, had Tommy John surgery in mid-March.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.


A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.