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John Brebbia underwent Tommy John surgery

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals reliever John Brebbia underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month in St. Louis. The right-hander felt discomfort in his elbow during spring training in March before MLB operations were shut down due to the pandemic.

Brebbia, 30, was among the Cardinals’ more reliable relievers last season, posting a 3.59 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 27 walks over 72 2/3 innings. He is entering his fourth major league season.

Brebbia will miss the entire 2020 season and likely some of the 2021 season as well. The recovery period for Tommy John surgery is typically between 12 and 15 months.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.