Report: Dodgers first-round pick Walker Buehler needs Tommy John surgery


After No. 35 overall pick Kyle Funkhouser announced earlier today that he elected to return to Louisville for his senior season, the Dodgers were able to sign No. 24 overall pick Walker Buehler. According to Jim Callis of, Buehler will receive a $1.78 million bonus, which is $314,400 under the estimated slot value. Now we know why the Dodgers were able to get him at a discount:

The 20-year-old Buehler got a late start on his Junior season at Vanderbilt due to elbow soreness, but he still finished with a 2.97 ERA and an 81/25 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Carson Fulmer. Still, concerns about his size (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) and durability ultimately saw him fall in last month’s draft. The Dodgers are surely happy to have Buehler in the fold after missing out on Funkhouser, but Tommy John surgery could keep him from making his pro debut until 2017.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”