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Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery

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Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on Thursday. Eaton has been on the disabled list since early April with an ankle injury. During the procedure, doctors discovered a chondral flap problem and removed it, so hopefully that addresses the pain Eaton had been feeling.

The Nationals don’t have a timetable for Eaton’s recovery, Janes adds. He will be immobilized for a week, then he will begin working his way back to good health. According to Janes, the Nationals believe Eaton suffered the injury on a slide into home plate. His ankle looked fine on scans because the cartilage flap laid flat. It showed when he moved on it.

Matt Adams, Howie Kendrick, and Andrew Stephenson will continue to split time in left field while Eaton is out. In eight games prior to the injury, Eaton it .345/.424/.655 with a pair of home runs and five RBI across 33 plate appearances.

Yuli Gurriel takes pay cut to $7M to stay with Astros

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HOUSTON (AP) First baseman Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2022 that guarantees $7 million, a cut of nearly 20% from his 2020 deal.

The agreement was announced hours before the defending AL champions started their first-round playoff matchup against at Minnesota on Tuesday, an odd time to reach a contract for a future season.

Gurriel’s 2020 contract called for an $8.3 million salary and wound up being worth $3,074,074 prorated.

His new deal includes a $6.5 million salary for 2021 and an $8 million club option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. Gurriel can earn $2 million in performance bonuses each year based on plate appearances: $250,000 each for 300 and 350 $350,000 apiece for 400 and 450 and $400,000 each for 500 and 550.

He also would get $50,000 for becoming an All-Star, $50,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $100,000 for Word Series MVP, $200,000 for league MVP, $100,000 for second and $50,000 for third. There is a $50,000 bonus for Gold Glove and another $50,000 for Silver slugger.

Gurriel would have been eligible for free agency under a provision in his 2020 contract, even though he does not have the six years of major league service usually required. His new deal includes the same provision.

He hit .232 with six homers, 12 and 22 RBIs in 57 games during the pandemic-shortened season, down from a career-best .298 with 31 homers and 104 RBIs in 2019. He helped Houston reach the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

In five seasons in Houston that followed a stellar career in Cuba, the 36-year-old has hit .287 with 71 homers and 301 RBIs.