MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair the fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand. Cano was hit by a Blaine Hardy pitch on Sunday.
Cano also received an 80-game suspension on Tuesday for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. He will be able to both serve his suspension and recover from his surgery.
The 35-year-old hit .287/.385/.441 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 169 plate appearances prior to the injury. Gordon Beckham was called up from Triple-A Tacoma. The longer-term solution for the Mariners may be having Dee Gordon move back to second base from center field. Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto said on 950 KJR that Gordon will start taking grounders at second base in preparation to possibly switch positions.
FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.
While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.
UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:
For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.
FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.