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Matt Garza to undergo shoulder surgery

1 Comment’s Adam McCalvy reports that free agent pitcher Matt Garza will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury was apparently sustained back in June when he collided with then-teammate Jesus Aguilar on a play at the first base bag.

Garza, 34, finished the season with a 4.94 ERA and a 79/45 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings. McCalvy indicates that the injury and subsequent surgery may nudge Garza to retire from baseball.

Garza just completed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers during which he compiled a 4.65 ERA in 93 starts and three relief appearances.

Former Brewers teammate Jimmy Nelson also underwent surgery for a torn labrum in September, performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache — the same doctor who will operate on Garza. GM David Stearns expects Nelson to miss a “chunk” of the 2018 season. That seems to indicate that Garza would miss most or all of the 2018 season as his surgery will come several months after Nelson’s.

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.