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Blake Wood to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Additionally, starter Matt Shoemaker had surgery on his right forearm — specifically, nerve decompression and pronator teres tendon repair.

Wood, 32, was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament last week and sought further opinions in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery. In 11 2/3 innings out of the bullpen this season, the right-hander compiled a 2.31 ERA with 10 strikeouts and seven walks.

Shoemaker, 31, hasn’t pitched since the third game of the regular season back on March 31. He’s been on the disabled list since early April with what was called a forearm strain. Shoemaker underwent an MRI last week that showed a mild edema — swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in tissue — in his right forearm.

Wood will miss the rest of the 2018 season and will likely miss a large portion or all of the 2019 season as well. There is currently no timetable for Shoemaker’s recovery.

Orioles re-sign Jace Peterson

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Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.

Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.

I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.

Happy Thanksgiving.