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Angels pitcher Griffin Canning has UCL damage

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Yesterday we wrote about how Angels pitcher Griffin Canning, was sent off for an MRI on his elbow. Now we know what that found and it wasn’t good: he has “chronic changes to the UCL as well as acute joint irritation.” Which is better than a torn UCL, obviously, but it’s not great.

The plan: more tests, more rest, more observation, and more assessment. It’s possible that rest and rehab works in the end, but obviously Tommy John surgery looms in the shadows here.

Which would be a big blow to the Angels, who were counting on Canning, 23, to bolster their historically weak rotation in 2020. Indeed, the day before his MRI Joe Maddon said Canning was, “going to be very significant for us this year and for years to come.”

Now it’s all on hold indefinitely.

Mike Tirico to host NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show ‘Lunch Talk Live’

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NBC Sports’ new daily sports talk show, Lunch Talk Live, debuts this Monday, April 6, at Noon ET on NBCSN, featuring host Mike Tirico joined by special guests, including current and former athletes, NBC Sports’ lineup of on-air commentators, and other prominent voices and figures within sports and media.

Lunch Talk Live focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

“In these challenging times, we are all missing sports and the people who make sports memories,” said Tirico. “Hopefully, we can bring a midday connection with some of them to help fill the void.”

Sam Flood, NBC Sports Executive Producer & President of Production, said, “We’re excited to bring viewers fresh programming every day with unique, topical conversations from prominent individuals in all corners of sports. This will be a daily lunch date to share sports and stories we miss during these unique times.”

The hour-long show will air weekdays at Noon ET on NBCSN and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Select content and interviews will additionally be hosted on NBC Sports’ YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Tirico will host Lunch Talk Live episodes remotely, beginning this Monday.