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Clayton Richard to undergo season-ending knee surgery

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Padres starter Clayton Richard will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Richard had apparently been battling knee issues since April and chose to pitch through it.

Richard, 34, struggled to a 5.33 ERA with a 108/60 K/BB ratio in 158 2/3 innings this season. He led all pitchers with 94 earned runs allowed and all NL pitchers with 159 hits allowed. The lefty is under contract for one more year at $3 million.

Having Richard undergo surgery now, as opposed to after the season, gives him an extra month or so of recovery time with the hope that he will be good to go for spring training next February.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.