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Athletics’ Jharel Cotton To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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Oakland Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will miss the 2018 season due to his impending Tommy John surgery, several sources reported on Saturday.

Cotton was putting together a solid spring, as he recorded a 3.75 ERA across 12 Grapefruit League innings (four games, three starts); however, a Friday meeting with Dr. Keith Meister revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Cotton’s right elbow.

Meister will perform Cotton’s surgery which will likely take place in the next one-to-two weeks.

“It’s tough,” said Cotton. “I’m missing the 2018 season with my boys, so it’s kind of hard to take. I’m trying to take it as best I can and get ready for the long process, the long road ahead, come back strong next season.”

Cotton, 26, was expected to make the Athletics’ Opening Day rotation, following a 2017 rookie campaign in which he went 9-10 with a 5.58 ERA in 24 games/starts.

With Cotton now sidelined for the year, someone will be asked to step up in his place. As of now, probable starters in Oakland’s rotation includes Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden, Paul Blackburn, Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, and A.J. Puk — inexperience to say the very least.

“I think we’re comfortable with who we have this year,” said Athletics manager Bob Melvin “[Upper management will] probably look around a little bit at this point, but we’ll see.

“It’s unfortunate, just for [Cotton] having to go through what a lot of guys have to go through. We felt like he was on the cusp of really coming into his own, and [that is] just going to be delayed a year unfortunately.”

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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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