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Taijuan Walker needs Tommy John surgery

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Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and will need to undergo Tommy John surgery according to manager Torey Lovullo, Nick Piecoro of azcentral reports.

Walker, 25, gave up five runs on 15 hits and five walks with nine strikeouts over 13 innings to start the season. His 2018 season is done and he will likely miss most of the first half of the 2019 season as well.

That’s more unfortunate injury news for the Diamondbacks. Fellow starter Shelby Miller is on the mend from Tommy John surgery as well, while Jake Lamb and Steven Souza have been out with injuries of their own.

Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

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Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners and figures to miss around 2-3 weeks.

Davis has put up an .805 OPS (119 OPS+) with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 47 games this season for the A’s, who are two games above .500 (25-23) largely because of their surprisingly consistent offensive production. Oakland is ninth among all MLB teams in runs scored and the club ranks seventh in combined team OPS (.748), behind only the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Braves, Pirates, and Indians.

It sounds like Franklin Barreto is on his way up from Triple-A Nashville to take Davis’ spot.