Red Sox 1B-OF Cordero going to IL, Houck has back surgery

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, — The Boston Red Sox are putting first baseman-outfielder Franchy Cordero on the injured list after he sprained both sides of his ankle in a game this week.

The Red Sox also said right-hander Tanner Houck had back surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training next season.

Cordero was carted off in the fifth inning after running into the left field wall chasing Randy Arozarena‘s double at Tampa Bay.

Cordero is hitting .219 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs.

Houck went 5-4 with a 3.15 ERA, and eight saves in nine chances over 28 relief appearances this season. He made four starts.

The Red Sox recently said Houck would have surgery for a disk problem. Dr. Christopher Bono performed the surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Designated hitter J.D. Martinez was in the original lineup against the Rays after missing two games with back issues but was a late scratch.

In other injury news, Boston righty Nick Pivetta will make his scheduled start against the Rays. He exited his last outing against Texas after three innings with a bruised left calf after being hit by a comebacker.

Righty Nathan Eovaldi, on the IL due to right shoulder inflammation, is scheduled for a bullpen session.

Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Mike Clevinger, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.

The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season after he had Tommy John surgery.

Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season, when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games back of surprising AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa stepped down in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on Nov. 1.

The White Sox got a big lift from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 appearances. Clevinger slots into a rotation that likely will include Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech.

The move puts the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back in the AL Central after he made his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before he was traded to San Diego in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. He was traded to Cleveland in 2014.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career big league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.