Rays setup man/closer Jake McGee, who made his way back from elbow surgery to re-establish himself as one of the league’s elite left-handed relievers, will now miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
McGee suffered a torn mensicus while blowing a save Tuesday against the Astros, which is a shame because he was as dominant as ever with a 2.57 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 35 innings while holding opponents to a .195 batting average and .538 OPS.
McGee is making $3.55 million this season at age 29 and is under team control via arbitration for 2016 and 2017.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.