Reds outfielder Jesse Winker will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports. Winker landed on the disabled list on Thursday with a right shoulder subluxation. A subluxation is a fancy way of saying “partial dislocation.” It isn’t clear exactly when Winker suffered the injury.
Winker, 24, impressed with a .299/.405/.431 triple-slash line along with seven home runs, 43 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 334 plate appearances this season, his first full season in the majors.
Winker has been alternating between left and right field this season. Phillip Ervin should see regular starts in right field with Winker absent and Adam Duvall should handle left field on a full-time basis.
Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.
Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.
Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.