The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan reports that Diamondbacks starter Taijuan Walker has a “UCL injury,” according to manager Torey Lovullo. Walker is seeking a second opinion. Lovullo said, “This information came as a surprise to me. I thought he would be OK.”
Walker left Saturday’s start against the Dodgers after two innings with right forearm tightness. This latest news suggests me may be headed for Tommy John surgery. That’s quite an unfortunate series of events for the 25-year-old Walker and for the Diamondbacks.
Last season, Walker had his best full season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 146/61 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings. This season, he had limited the opposition to five runs on 15 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts in 13 innings.
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.