Brent Honeywell needs Tommy John surgery

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Yesterday, when Rays top prospect Brent Honeywell left a live BP session with an apparent injury, it was understandable to fear the worst. Today the worst has come to pass: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Honeywell has a torn UCL and Tommy John surgery has been recommended.

The recovery time, as everyone knows by now, is roughly a year, give or take, which means that, assuming no complications, Honeywell will likely just be easing back into regular work next spring training. As we noted yesterday, Honeywell was slated to make his major league debut early this season. Now he will not pitch until some time after the beginning of the 2019 season.

Last year Honeywell posted a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136. innings in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.

Clayton Kershaw returning to Dodgers on 1-year, $20M deal

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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023 after signing a one-year, $20 million deal.

For the second straight year, the Dodgers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to the three-time Cy Young Award winner. Instead, they gave him additional time to mull his future, and he once again decided to stay with the only franchise he’s ever played for during his 15-year major league career.

The 34-year-old left-hander was 12-3 with 2.28 ERA in 22 starts last season. He struck out 137 and walked 23. Kershaw made his ninth All-Star team and started the Midsummer Classic for the first time in his career at Dodger Stadium.

Last April, he became the franchise’s all-time strikeout leader with 2,697. He reached 2,800 strikeouts in his last start of the regular season on Oct. 5 against Colorado. Kershaw ranks 24th all-time with 2,807.

Kershaw has a career record of 197-87 with a 2.48 ERA. He won his only World Series title in 2020, when the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay during the pandemic-shortened season.