MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson underwent surgery on his left wrist to remove a loose body. The Braves expect him to be completely ready for spring training in February.
Swanson, 24, missed the last week of the regular season and the playoffs due to a partially torn ligament in his left hand, which he apparently suffered while swinging. He finished the season batting .238/.304/.395 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 533 plate appearances.
Swanson is poised to reprise his role as the Braves’ starting shortstop in 2019.
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.