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Cardinals’ Pitcher Adam Wainwright Likely Headed To The Disabled List Again

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After making his return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation on Sunday, Adam Wainwright might be going right back on the disabled list due to right elbow soreness.

Wainwright, 36, started for the Cardinals on Sunday against the San Diego Padres. It was his first start in nearly a month. Wainwright was placed on the 10-day DL on April 22 with inflammation in his right elbow. He lasted just 2.1 innings on Sunday in San Diego and allowed two earned runs on three hits while giving up six walks.

During his short outing against the Padres, Wainwright’s velocity was noticeably down. According to Joe Trezza of MLB.com, Wainwright was having problems with his right elbow again during the start.

Although nothing is official yet, it seems very likely that Wainwright will have to spend more time on the DL. He also experienced pain in his right elbow last season, and missed about a month late in the year because of the injury. In the offseason, he had surgery on his right elbow to remove a cartilage flap. Unfortunately, it looks Wainwright is dealing with a lingering injury in his pitching elbow. At his age, this could be something that shortens his career.

Hopefully, Wainwright will be able to recover from his latest injury. For now, the Cardinals’ rotation will have to survive without him.

 

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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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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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