Andrelton Simmons to undergo thumb surgery

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Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will go on the 15-day disabled list as he will need surgery on his left thumb,’s Alden Gonzalez reports. He has been diagnosed with a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, per Gonzalez. Simmons suffered the injury diving for a ball during Sunday’s game against the Rays.

Cliff Pennington will likely handle the shortstop position while Simmons is out. Neither Simmons nor Pennington has had much success at the plate this year, and Pennington is certainly no Simmons with the glove, so it’s a clear downgrade for the Angels.

The 13-18 Angels have been snakebit in the injury department, as Craig Gentry, Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, Huston Street, and C.J. Wilson are all currently sidelined with injuries as well.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.