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Tigers’ Travis Wood Likely Out For Season After Tearing ACL

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Detroit Tigers left-hander Travis Wood will likely miss the 2018 season after tearing his ACL in his Spring Training debut on Thursday afternoon.

The veteran southpaw pitched two scoreless frames against the Atlanta Braves, and suffered his injury on the final out he recorded during a rundown play in which he collapsed on the infield grass.

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck per reports, Wood left the clubhouse on crutches after trainers helped him off the field.

Wood, 31, signed a Minor League deal with the Tigers on January 29 with a Spring Training invite to compete for an Opening Day roster spot.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire on Friday. “For one thing, I’ve watched him pitch, and I know what he can do. He’s a pretty good pitcher, and he really knows how to pitch. People can learn from him. He knows how to change speeds. He knows how to move the ball in and out.

“He’s a very intelligent pitcher with good stuff that can handle good lineups. So him having this issue was disappointing for us all, and I’m devastated for him right now. But I’ll tell you this: He’s game-on, and he’ll get it taken care of and he’ll work his butt off, just like he did with his finger. He’s got a great attitude, as good as you can have in this situation.”

The eight-year veteran is coming off an extremely rough 2017 season in which he went 4-7 with a 6.80 ERA in 39 games (14 starts) split between the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres.

Overall for the Cincinnati Reds (2010-11), Chicago Cubs (2012-16), Royals, and Padres, Wood is 47-59 with a 4.26 ERA in 298 career games (147 starts). His best season came in 2013 as he went 9-12 in 32 starts spanning exactly 200 innings, leading the Cubs’ starters with a 3.11 ERA.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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