Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will undergo shoulder surgery today to destabilize his dislocated left shoulder, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports. Polanco was shut down over the weekend due to a bone bruise in his left knee suffered on a slide into second base last Friday against the Marlins.
Polanco, 25, had an outstanding year for the Pirates, batting .254/.340/.499 with 23 home runs, 81 RBI, 75 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances. Polanco had been one of baseball’s most highly-touted prospects entering the 2014 campaign but mustered a meager .717 OPS in his first four seasons in the majors.
There is currently no timetable for Polanco’s recovery, but the Pirates should be able to provide that information in the near future.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have signed free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is worth $10 million, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports.
Moustakas, 30, was traded to the Brewers from the Royals ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline last season. Between both clubs, he hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.
Last March, Moustakas signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Royals that included a $15 million mutual option for the 2019 season. The Brewers declined that option at the end of October and ended up waiting him out to save $5 million.
Travis Shaw had been in line to be the Brewers’ starting third baseman, but with Moustakas back in the mix, Shaw likely moves over to second base.