Here are today’s and yesterday’s top stories from Spring Training.
–Texas Rangers RHP Yu Darvish will undergo UCL reconstruction surgery after spraining his UCL. The injury was originally thought to be tightness in his right triceps, but after looking at the MRI, the true extent of the injury was revealed. Texas was plagued by injuries last year, and this year isn’t looking much better.
-In other Nationals news, RHP Drew Storen went under surgery to remove a hooked hamate bone from his (non-throwing) left hand and will resume baseball activities in two to three days. This adds to the Nationals increasing amount of injuries this season, which have sidelined players like Jayson Werth, Yunel Escobar, Denard Span and Stephen Strasburg. The non-official quote of the day in the Washington clubhouse yesterday was “It is what it is.”
-The Milwaukee Brewers announced the re-signing of RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year deal. Rodriguez was coming off of a career year with the Brewers, as he went 5-5 with a 3.04 ERA and 73 strikeouts over 68.0 IP, and passed Randy Myers with his 348th save, putting him alone at 10th on the all-time saves list. Over his 13-year career, Rodriguez has gone 46-41 with a 2.73 ERA and 1005 strikeouts over 835.1 IP.
–Cleveland Indians legend Al Rosen passed away today at the age of 91. He played over 9 seasons and batted .285/.384/.495 (137 OPS plus) with 717 runs batted in & 192 homers.