Oliver Drake pitched for five — five! — different teams in 2018. Eleven games with the Brewers, four games with the Indians, eight games with the Angels, two games with the Blue Jays and 19 games with the Twins.
Since the offseason began he (a) was claimed by the Rays from the Twins off waivers; (b) went back to the Blue Jays off waivers from the Rays; and now . . .
Assuming he breaks camp with the Rays — no safe assumption; he could be traded or waived eight more times before then — he’ll play of his seventh team in a little less than four years. He’s been everywhere, man. Imagine if he was a lefty! He may have eight or nine more teams in his future in the next couple of years alone.
Oh, as for the pitching: he posted a 5.29 ERA in 44 total games with a K/BB ratio of 51/17 in 47.2 innings. I find it hard to get super animated about that pitching line either positively or negatively, really, so I have no idea why he’s been shuffled so much.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”
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