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Mets’ Rafael Montero Has A Torn UCL, Will Probably Need Tommy John Surgery

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New York Mets right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero will most likely miss the entire 2018 season due to a torn ligament in his right elbow.

On Thursday, the Mets announced that Montero has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. As reported by Mike Puma of The New York Post, the Mets stated that Montero will likely need Tommy John surgery.

Montero, 27, was competing for a spot in the Mets bullpen this season. He last pitched on Tuesday during the Mets’ spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was during this appearance that he started to feel pain in his pitching elbow.

“I feel bad for him, but it’s something that happens when you pitch,” said Mets manager Mickey Callaway on Thursday. “He’s got a long road ahead of him to recover, and we’ll be trying to take care of him the best we can.”

Last season, Montero went 5-11 with a 5.52 ERA in 34 games (18 starts).

When Montero made his MLB debut in May of 2014, he was considered one of the Mets’ top pitching prospects. Unfortunately, he has never been able to live up to expectations.

Although the Mets have yet to officially announce that Montero will have Tommy John surgery, it is a forgone conclusion at this point. Pitchers who suffer a torn UCL almost always elect to have the surgery. Hopefully, Montero is able to recover in time for the beginning of the 2019 season.

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Cardinals Re-Sign Adam Wainwright

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The St. Louis Cardinals have re-signed veteran right hander Adam Wainwright, according to an official team announcement.

Wainwright’s new deal is for one-year, but the value of the deal is not currently known.

Wainwright, 38, pitched to the tune of a 4.19 ERA last season.

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Nationals Interested In Josh Donaldson

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The World Series Champion Washington Nationals are looking to improve their championship roster this offseason and have a certain slugger in mind as they gear up for the winter.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Nationals are one of six teams showing early interest in free agent Josh Donaldson.

Along with the Nationals, the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves are all interested in the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson posted a slash line of .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs last season for the Braves.

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Mets’ Zack Wheeler Drawing Interest from Multiple Teams

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New York Mets’ free agent hurler Zack Wheeler is drawing interest from multiple teams, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Additionally, the Mets are interested in a potential multi-year agreement with Wheeler, but it is unclear where the two sides are in that process.

Wheelers has a few days to accept or reject his $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Mets, but hit is extremely unlikely he does.

Wheeler, 29, had been shopped ahead of the 2019 trade deadline, and is expected to draw interest from a number of teams in free agency this winter.

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