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Wife of Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte dies of cancer

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Some very, very sad news from the San Diego Padres family over the weekend: Yuliette Solarte, the wife of Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte, died due to complications from cancer. She was only 31.

Yangervis Solarte left the team on Friday to be with his wife and their three daughters in Florida. On Saturday night he announced Yuliette’s death on his Instagram account and then thanked his fans and supporters on Twitter:

Loosely, he thanked everyone for their support and said he had no words to describe what this year has been like. He said that God knows why He does what He does and that he knows that things will get better.

Solarte is still with his family, but Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune says that he wants to bring his kids to San Diego and rejoin the team before the season is over. It’d be understandable if he didn’t even if it’s understandable why he wants to.

So sad for Solarte and his family. Keep a good thought or a prayer for them.

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.”