Dinelson Lamet to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet will miss the remainder of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the club announced Friday. Lamet suffered an elbow strain during the tail end of spring training and had been working his way back to the mound over the last several weeks. A recent MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, however, and Lamet elected to undergo the procedure with Dr. Keith Meister next week.

Lamet was scheduled to begin his second season in the majors after breaking into the league last year. He finished his rookie campaign with a 7-8 record in 21 starts and put up a 4.57 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 10.9 SO/9 over 114 1/3 innings. Prior to sustaining his season-ending injury, the young righty impressed again in camp this spring and was expected to resume his role at the front end of San Diego’s rotation.

Now, of course, those plans will be shelved for another year or more, depending on how smoothly his recovery goes. “I talked to my agent, we got a second opinion and everyone agrees that this was my best option,” Lamet said Friday. “I think there were other methods that I could have tried. None of them would have allowed me to come back throwing the way that I throw.”

Source: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360M, 9-year deal

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.