Neil Ramirez to undergo MRI exam on shoulder injury

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Cubs right-hander Neil Ramirez left Wednesday’s game in the ninth inning alongside a trainer and is headed for an MRI exam on his shoulder.

His velocity was down during his matchup with Joey Votto and when Ramirez began shaking his right arm the training staff went to the mound. For now it’s being called “right shoulder discomfort,” according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com.

Ramirez was fantastic as a rookie last season, throwing 44 innings with a 1.44 ERA and 53/17 K/BB ratio after coming to the Cubs in the Matt Garza swap with the Rangers.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.