Astros’ Odorizzi: MRI shows some leg damage, no set return

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BOSTON — Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi says an MRI on his left leg showed damage that will sideline him for an indefinite period, but added he felt fortunate an injury at Fenway Park this week wasn’t worse.

Odorizzi heard a pop in his ankle during Monday night’s start against Boston that caused him to collapse after throwing a pitch. The 32-year old right-hander feared a serious setback with his Achilles tendon.

Odorizzi was stretchered off the field in the fifth inning of the 6-3 loss after the injury and put on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday. Right-hander Seth Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place on the active roster. Martinez pitched in relief Tuesday night during Houston’s 13-4 win, allowing one hit over three scoreless innings.

Odorizzi said an MRI revealed some damage to tendons and ligaments, but not the Achilles tendon. He said the current plan calls for pain management, rehab to improve range of motion and strengthening.

There is no set timeline for his return.

“I think the stretcher made it worse than it actually was,” Odorizzi told reporters prior to Wednesday’s series finale with the Red Sox. “It was just a quick, loud pop. I heard it and felt it, so I kind of thought it was the worst-case scenario.”

Avoiding what would have been a season-ending injury was as positive of an outcome as he could have hoped for, he said.

“We got imaging done yesterday and it came back – there’s no damage to my Achilles, so that’s really the main takeaway. There’s some other damage in there, but not on the Achilles itself,” Odorizzi said. “We avoided that, and I’d say it’s the best-case scenario at that point.”

Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts in seven starts this season.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.