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Report: Joaquin Benoit suffered an apparent injury during Monday’s fracas

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Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees during Monday night’s game, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

It’s unclear what type of injury he suffered, but the Jays should have more on his status later tonight. We’ll pass that information along once it’s made available.

Benoit, 39, struggled with the Mariners, but has turned his season around with the Jays after coming over in the Drew Storen trade on July 26. His stats before and after:

  • with Mariners: 26 games, 24 1/3 innings, 5.18 ERA, 28/15 K/BB, 4 HR
  • with Blue Jays: 25 games, 23 2/3 innings, 0.38 ERA, 24/9 K/BB, 1 HR

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.