Cubs place David Ross on 7-day concussion disabled list

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According to Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald, the Cubs have placed veteran catcher David Ross on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Ross has been dealing with symptoms since he took a ball of his mask during Wednesday’s game against the Mets.

The Cubs have called up Taylor Teagarden to take Ross’ spot on the active roster. Teagarden, who has previously appeared in the majors with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mets, was batting .294/.375/.437 with four home runs and 19 RBI over 43 games this season with Triple-A Iowa. Many Cubs fans would surely like to see Kyle Schwarber rather than Teagarden, but the team clearly feels like he needs more work with his catching in the minors.

Ross, 38, is batting .189/.302/.284 over 87 plate appearances this season. He suffered two concussions with the Red Sox in 2013 and missed a large chunk of the second half before playing a significant role during the team’s World Series run.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”