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Padres starter Tyson Ross has surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Tyson Ross will undergo surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome. The recovery time is 4-6 months, meaning that he will not be ready to start the 2017 season for San Diego.

Ross missed almost all of the 2016 season, making only one start, due to shoulder issues which, obviously, were a product of the syndrome. He was 26-34 with a 3.07 ERA (115 ERA+) in his previous three seasons for the Padres, making 80 starts and 19 relief appearances.

The Padres missed Ross’ production. But, given where they stood competitively over the past year or two, not having a healthy Ross as a trade chit cost them quite a bit to, as he was speculated to be on the move for a package of prospects at some point.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.