The Royals announced on Tuesday that the club acquired catcher Andrew Susac from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.
Susac, 29, spent the spring with the Orioles, batting .261 in 23 at-bats. He didn’t stand much of a shot cracking the Opening Day roster in Baltimore. The Royals, meanwhile, lost Salvador Perez for the season due to Tommy John surgery, so some extra catching depth can’t hurt.
Across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Giants, Brewers, and Orioles, Susac has hit .221/.283/.373 in 300 plate appearances.
Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.
Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.
It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.
Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.