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Astros reliever Joe Smith ruptures Achilles tendon

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Bad news for the Astros and, obviously, for Joe Smith: the reliever ruptured his Achilles tendon in an offseason workout. That’s the report from Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal.

The injury happened last week. Smith had surgery on Tuesday. He’s expected to miss 6-8 months, which blows a giant hole in his 2019 season, obviously.

Smith, 34, is entering the second year of a two-year, $15 million contract he signed with Houston in December 2017. Last season he posted a 3.74 ERA and a 46/12 K/BB ratio over 45.2 innings during the 2018 regular season.

Red Sox shut down David Price for remainder of season

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starter David Price has been shut down for the remainder of the season during Wednesday’s appearance on WEEI’s Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.

Price, 34, missed nearly a month between August 5-31 with a wrist injury (TFCC cyst). He returned on September 1, but lasted only two innings against the Angels and hasn’t pitched since.

Price ends a disappointing 2019 season with a 4.28 ERA and a 128/32 K/BB ratio in 107 1/3 innings across 22 starts. He’ll enter the fifth year of his seven-year, $217 million contract in 2020. $96 million remains on the deal.