Tigers right-hander Shane Greene was forced to exit last night’s start against the Cardinals after five innings due to mild ulnar neuritis in his elbow, which is inflammation of the ulnar nerve in the arm. According to Anthony Fenech of Detroit Free Press, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Greene was sent for an MRI today.
Greene was feeling some tingling in his throwing hand on Friday, but Ausmus said there was no tingling or pain today. That’s a good sign, but more should be known soon. Greene previously had Tommy John surgery in 2008 when he was in college.
Acquired from the Yankees in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade over the winter, the 26-year-old Greene owns a 4.21 ERA and 28/13 K/BB ratio in 47 innings over eight starts this season.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.