Corey Kluber has teres major muscle tear in right shoulder

Corey Kluber shoulder tear
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John Blake, the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications, announced on Monday that starter Corey Kluber has a grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle in the back of his right shoulder. As a result, Kluber will be shut down for at least four weeks. Realistically, his 2020 season is likely over.

Kluber, 34, started on Sunday against the Rockies. He lasted just one scoreless inning, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout in the effort. The Rangers acquired Kluber from the Indians in December in exchange for Delino DeShields and Emmanuel Clase. Kluber made only seven starts for the Indians in 2019 due to a fractured arm and an oblique injury. It’s been a rough couple of years.

Kolby Allard is likely to take Kluber’s spot in the Rangers‘ starting rotation. Over nine starts with the Rangers last season, the lefty gave up 25 earned runs on 52 hits and 19 walks with 33 strikeouts spanning 45 1/3 innings.

The Rangers dropped two of three games to the Rockies to open the 2020 season. They will now have to press forward without one of their best starters. Lance Lynn and Mike Minor will lead a rotation that also includes Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.