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Report: Diamondbacks sign Junior Guerra to one-year contract

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Kyle Lesniewski of SB Nation’s Brew Crew Ball reports that the Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Junior Guerra to a one-year deal that includes an option for 2021. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic adds that the deal is for $2.55 million.

Guerra, who turns 35 years old next month, was non-tendered by the Brewers last week as he was projected to earn $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This past season, his first as a full-time reliever, the right-hander posted a 3.55 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 36 walks over 83 2/3 innings. The Brewers commonly used Guerra for more than three outs as he did so in 23 of his 72 appearances.

Guerra will add depth to a Diamondbacks bullpen that sorely needs it, joining an amalgam of players bridging the gap to closer Archie Bradley.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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