“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.
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.