Diamondbacks starter Luke Weaver is not expected to undergo surgery for an injured right ulnar collateral ligament and flexor pronator, manager Torey Lovullo revealed Friday. Instead, the tentative plan is to allow the right-hander plenty of rest and rehab as he works his way back to the mound.
Weaver, 25, was initially diagnosed with a right forearm strain after experiencing some discomfort during his last start. He was subsequently placed on the 10-day injured list, but is likelier to spend 6-8 weeks in recovery before the D-backs think of returning him to the rotation.
This figures to be the righty’s first major setback of his professional career. While the last few years have been interrupted by moderate injuries and ailments — a left wrist fracture in the minors during the 2016 season; some back pain during his campaign in 2017 — he’s remained consistently healthy during his time in the majors. Following his abbreviated start last Sunday, he holds a 4-3 record through 11 starts with a solid 3.03 ERA, 2.0 BB/9, and 9.8 SO/9 across 62 1/3 innings.
In his absence, the club will utilize rookie righties Jon Duplantier and Taylor Clarke in the rotation. Per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, Weaver is optimistic that he’ll rejoin the roster before the end of the 2019 season — though, given the nature of his injury, that’s far from a sure bet at this point.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.