Rays’ Steven Souza could undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Rays’ outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will be undergoing tests on his left hip on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin. If he needs surgery, it would spell the end of the season for the 27-year-old, who has been battling hip pain on and off for the last three months. It’s the latest in a long string of injuries plaguing major league rosters this weekend, from Jacob deGrom‘s possible elbow surgery to Carlos Carrasco‘s broken hand and Keon Broxton‘s fractured wrist.

The Rays rank 16th among clubs in time lost to injuries this season, with 942 days spread over 53 injuries (via Baseball Injury Consultants). In the last month, they’ve already lost shortstop Matt Duffy to a left Achilles heel injury and first baseman Logan Morrison to a left torn wrist sheath.

Souza injured his hip in June, when he experienced some soreness after diving for a ball in an 8-7 win over the Mariners. He returned after a 17-game hiatus and has played consistently from early July through September, albeit not without occasional discomfort. The surgery, if necessary, would be more of a preventative measure for the outfielder, who told the Times that the pain was caused by pinching due to irregular bone growth:

We’ve known it the whole year. Sometimes it never inflames back up and sometimes it comes right back. And that’s kind of what the doctor said to me when I was there (in June), eventually is this is something that we need to deal with, just when is the question.

With the Rays already eliminated from playoff contention, now appears to be the optimal time to address the issue. Souza is batting .244/.302/.408 with 17 home runs in his second season with the Rays and is slated to start with the team on Sunday against the Orioles.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.