Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday

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Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news.

According to MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The procedure comes with a 12-15 month recovery timetable, so McCarthy probably won’t be back in the majors until next June or July.

McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The 31-year-old had a 5.87 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 23 innings (four starts) this season with the Dodgers.

McCarthy, a smart, funny dude and one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter, told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he is “taking suggestions for hobbies.”

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.