Gary Sanchez will undergo surgery on his left shoulder this offseason. That was the word from Brian Cashman at the General Manager Meetings yesterday.
The surgery is remove loose debris which has been bothering him for some time. It will put him on the shelf for three months, but he is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Sanchez played in just 89 games during the 2018 season thanks to a groin injury. It was not a great season: he hit only .186/.291/.406 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI. The Yankees have not lost confidence in him, however, with Cashman saying earlier this week that he still believes Sanchez can be and will be one of the best hitters in his lineup going forward.
Having a healthy shoulder will no doubt help that.
Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.
On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.