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Marcell Ozuna to undergo procedure on right shoulder


Craig Mish of SirusXM reports that Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna will undergo a clean-up procedure on his right shoulder. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Ozuna is expected to be ready by spring training.

Ozuna, who turns 28 years old in two weeks, was bothered by shoulder issues throughout the 2018 season. He finished batting .280/.325/.433 with 23 home runs and 88 RBI in 628 plate appearances.

The Cardinals acquired Ozuna from the Marlins last December. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining after earning $9 million this past season.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.