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Blake Snell to undergo arthroscopic surgery on left elbow

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The Rays announced on Thursday that starter Blake Snell has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to loose bodies in his left elbow. According to The Athletic’s Josh Tolentino, Snell will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove those loose bodies this weekend. The team expects him back in September.

Snell, 26, could not recapture the magic that led him to win the AL Cy Young Award last year. He heads to the injured list with a 4.28 ERA and a 136/35 K/BB ratio over 101 innings.

The Rays are 10 games out of first place in the AL East, but are just one game out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Thankfully for them, their upcoming schedule is rather light, so if there was a time to lose Snell, this is it.

Dustin Pedroia suffers a “significant setback” in his recovery

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Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has suffered “a significant setback” with his left knee, making his availability for spring training questionable. Abraham says that Pedroia is “discussing his options with his family, agents, and the Sox.”

Pedroia underwent “knee joint preservation” surgery last year, which is often used as an alternative to full knee replacement. As it was, he played in only three games in 2018 and appeared in just six games in 2019, accruing just three hits in 34 plate appearances.

In light of the severity of his injury, the severity of his surgery and all of the time he’s missed over the past few years, it was already something of a long shot for Pedroia play again as it was. Indeed, he himself was not even sure if he’d play again when asked at one point last season. But this sounds positively dire.