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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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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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