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Yankees acquire Phil Coke from the Atlantic League

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The Yankees have acquired pitcher Phil Coke from the Atlantic League, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. He’ll report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coke, 33, was with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. He made one start, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts over four innings.

This will be Coke’s second stint with the Yankees. He was drafted by the club in the 26th round of the 2002 draft. In December 2009, the Yankees sent him with Austin Jackson to the Tigers as part of a three-way trade for Curtis Granderson that also included the Diamondbacks. (Max Scherzer was part of that deal!)

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.”

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