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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.

Report: Yankees close to signing Gio González to minor league deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are close to signing starter Gio González. Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the deal is of the minor league variety that will pay González $3 million if he makes the major league roster.

González, 33, made 27 starts for the Nationals before being sent to the Brewers ahead of the now-defunct August 31 waiver trade deadline. In aggregate, González went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and a 148/80 K/BB ratio in 171 innings. He was solid in his five starts with the Brewers, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

Neither Luis Severino nor CC Sabathia will be ready for the start of the season, so González will add some immediate depth at the back of the Yankees’ rotation. Sabathia will likely return before Severino. When that happens, González may be pushed out of the rotation.