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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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