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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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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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