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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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Rays Place Austin Meadows On IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right thunb.

Rays general manager Erik Neander said that the team may be without Meadows for “a few weeks”, according to the Tamp Bay Times’ Marc Topkin.

Meadows has started the 2019 season hot, posting a stellar .351/.422/.676 slash line to go along with six homers for Tampa Bay.

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Blue Jays’ Matt Shoemaker Out for Season with Torn ACL

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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Shoemaker, who was initially placed on the 10-day injured list, suffered the injury during a game on Saturday.

Shoemaker, 32, was off to an impressive start for Toronto, pitching the the tune of 1.57 ERA.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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