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Wade Davis lands on the disabled list with a flexor strain

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The Royals placed closer Wade Davis on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 28, due to a flexor strain in his right elbow, the club announced on Sunday. Pitcher Matt Strahm has been recalled from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

This is bad timing for the Royals, as Davis was drawing some trade interest leading up to Monday afternoon’s trade deadline. The Dodgers in particular were linked to Davis as recently as Thursday.

Davis landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained forearm and returned shortly after the All-Star break. That he’s back on the disabled list is obviously concerning. As pointed out at Rotoworld, flexor strains are often precursors to UCL issues.

In 33 2/3 innings this season, Davis recorded 21 saves with a 1.60 ERA and a 32/15 K/BB ratio. Compared to previous years, his strikeout rate is markedly down and his walk rate has ballooned as well.

Kelvin Herrera is expected to fill in at closer while Davis is sidelined. Davis is eligible to return on August 12.

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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