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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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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Nationals Sign Patrick Corbin

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The Washington Nationals surprisingly won the courtship of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who chose the team over the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, and will ink a six-year deal with $140 million in guaranteed money, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Washington agreed to terms with Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Corbin will now join a rotation that features Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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Braves to Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

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The Atlanta Braves are finalizing a contract with Rick Kranitz that will officially make him the team’s new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

While no timetable for a completed deal has been reported at the time of this writing, the reports indicated that it’s now “expected” that Kranitz, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, will join the Braves organization.

Kranitz was out in Philly following the team’s decision to promote assistant pitching coach Chris Young to Kranitz’s position.

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