“Loose bodies” is something that sounds good, but they are surprisingly not, it would appear. We know that because Alex Bregman underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove said loose bodies from his right elbow, the Astros announced this morning.
It’s a minor procedure, but it may cause Bregman to start slowly this spring. Which, assuming no complications, isn’t the worst thing in the world, as players generally need less spring training than they used to because they stay in better shape, yet have to endure more spring training than they used to because teams and towns in Florida and Arizona love to make money.
Either way, Bregman who hit .286/.394/.532 with 31 home runs and 10 stolen bases last season, is expected to be good to go for Opening Day.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.