Masahiro Tanaka to miss his next start due to strained flexor mass

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start on Monday against the Blue Jays due to a slight strain in his flexor mass. Thankfully, it’s not near the elbow ligament. Tanaka will not throw for five days.

Tanaka struggled in Tuesday’s start against the Rays, allowing four solo home runs in the third inning, but he wound up with the win. On the season, he’s 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA and a 165/36 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings. Tanaka is currently the American League leader in ERA, slightly ahead of Rick Porcello at 3.08.

While the Yankees have only a slight shot of overcoming their 8.5-game deficit in the AL East, they are 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot, so they’re still playing meaningful baseball and Tanaka’s absence will be felt.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.