Omar Infante was the worst hitter in baseball last season while dealing with arm problems and FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the veteran infielder underwent surgery in November to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
News of the surgery was previously unreported, but Infante has had lingering arm problems during his two seasons with the Royals. It’s believed that he changed his throwing motion to compensate for the elbow, which caused a shoulder issue. The expectation is that he’ll be good to go for the start of spring training.
Among players with at least 450 plate appearances, Infante’s .552 OPS was the lowest in the majors last season. He took on a diminished role after the Ben Zobrist trade and was left off the playoff roster after suffering an oblique injury in September. However, with Zobrist now in Chicago, Infante is expected to serve as the starting second baseman again in 2016. The 34-year-old is guaranteed $17.75 million over the next two seasons.
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.”
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