Diamondbacks sign Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have re-signed pitcher Rubby De La Rosa to a two-year minor league contract.

You don’t see a lot of two-year minor league deals for veterans, but De La Rosa is a unique case, as he just underwent hi second career Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2018 season. While a lot of clubs might just cut bait on a guy in that situation, the Dbacks obviously think he’ll have something left when he’s healthy again and want to keep dibs on him if he does.

De La Rosa, 28, has a 4.49 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 421.1 major league innings. He’s flashed electric stuff at times, but that stuff has come at the expense of his elbow ligaments. See you in 2019, Rubby.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.