UPDATE: Maybe it’s not as bad as first feared. The Phillies are now saying that Vince Velasquez left today’s game with right biceps soreness. Here’s hoping that’s all it is.
1:36 PM: Uh-oh.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was pulled from this afternoon’s game against the Cubs in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent injury. Velasquez threw just two pitches — both at 87 mph — before leaving with a trainer.
We’ll update when we hear something about his condition, but these situations rarely turn out well for pitchers. Also worth noting: Velasquez had Tommy John surgery once before, in 2010.
Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.
Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.
Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.