Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez shut down with groin injury

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Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez exited Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning with a groin injury and now he’s been placed on the disabled list.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter indicated that the team is hoping Gonzalez will be able to return when his 15-day minimum stay on the DL is up, but he does have a previous history of groin problems.

Mike Wright will step into the rotation for Gonzalez, who has somewhat quietly and under-the-radar posted ERAs of 3.25, 3.78, 3.23, and 3.33 in his four seasons with the Orioles.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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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.