The last week in MLB was about a reliever in the National League undergoing surgery, a player signs a multi-year contract extension and a team in the American League could be without their best player moving forward.
Atlanta Braves Reliever Arodys Vizcaino Out for 2019 Season After Undergoing Shoulder Surgery
The Atlanta Braves will be without a crucial member of their bullpen for the rest of the 2019 season as reliever Arodys Vizcaino underwent shoulder surgery a couple of days ago, per a club announcement.
Arodys Vizcaíno Undergoes Right Shoulder Surgery: pic.twitter.com/WczMKkbM0X
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 17, 2019
Vizcaino was their closer when the season began and started the year off strong, by posting a 2.25 ERA in four appearances with one save.
He was superb for the Braves last year as he compiled a 2.11 ERA in 38 1/3 innings pitched with 40 strikeouts, 15 walks issued, four home runs yielded, a 3.76 FIP and 16 saves.
The loss of a closer is a monumental blow for teams as it shuffles the bullpen and forces other relievers to occupy roles in which they may not find success.
The Braves will have left-hander pitcher A.J. Minter receive most of the save chances with Vizcaino out for the year.
Minter has a 6.75 ERA in six, and 2/3 innings pitched (eight games) with eight strikeouts, four walks surrendered, two home runs allowed, and two saves this season.
The Braves have been linked to free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel as it would be logical for them to sign him since they’ve lost their closer for the year.
The significant aspect for the Braves as the season progresses is how well Minter pitches in save chances.
If he pitches effectively, they won’t have to spend money on Kimbrel and can utilize the money saved to address another possible need later in the year.
Oakland Athletics Designated Hitter Khris Davis Inks Two-Year Contract Extension
The Oakland Athletics have signed designated hitter Khris Davis to a two-year contract extension through 2021, per a team announcement.
Khris Davis agrees to contract extension with Oakland through the 2021 season.
“Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived,” said Davis. “I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel, like a family.” pic.twitter.com/ty1TG3FkSl
— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) April 18, 2019
The deal will be worth $33.5 million for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Slugger Khris Davis and the Oakland A’s are in agreement on a two-year, $33.5 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 18, 2019
Davis was set to become a free agent at the end of the season, and it was a smart move by the Athletics to sign him to an extension.
The designated hitter has started the 2019 campaign strong, by hitting 10 home runs and having 20 RBIs in 22 games.
He’s been one of the best sluggers in MLB the past three seasons, as indicated by him tallying at least 40 home runs and 100 RBIs in each year within that period.
Davis has also crushed the most home runs (146) in MLB since he was traded to the Athletics before the 2016 season, per MLB Stats.
Since being traded to Oakland before the 2016 season, Khris Davis leads @MLB with 143 HR.
The next closest player (Stanton) trails him by 19 dingers. pic.twitter.com/QyIwcoEUC6
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 18, 2019
Davis isn’t someone who will hit for a high batting average, considering his career average in seven seasons is .248 but does tremendous damage when he makes contact.
New York Yankees Place Outfielder Aaron Judge on Injured List with Oblique Injury
The New York Yankees will be without another key player for several weeks as they placed outfielder Aaron Judge on the injured list yesterday with a left oblique strain, per a team announcement.
Prior to today’s game, the Yankees placed RF Aaron Judge on the 10-day IL with left oblique strain and recalled INF Thairo Estrada (#30) from @swbrailriders.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 21, 2019
Yankees manager Aaron Boone told Jack Curry of YES Network Judge has a “pretty significant” oblique strain, Boone wouldn’t give a timeframe on when Judge might return and mentioned the Yankees would re-evaluate the outfielder within two weeks.
Boone said Judge has a “pretty significant” oblique strain. He wouldn’t give a definitive timetable about when Judge might return. Said the Yanks need to get through the next 2 weeks and evaluate where Judge is at that point.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) April 21, 2019
Judge suffered the injury during the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Royals after a swing.
He grabbed his side after the swing, was in a considerable amount of pain and taken out of the game.
Judge has started the season stellar for the Yankees as indicated by his .288 batting average and .925 OPS in 20 games with 13 runs scored, two doubles, five home runs, and 11 RBIs.
The Yankees have several key players on the injured list, but the loss of Judge for an extended period is enormous.
He’s not only the Yankees best hitter but plays excellent defense in the outfield.
The club has dealt with several injuries during the first month of the season, but they’re still second in the American League East.
However, you to wonder how long they can remain in contention with all of these injuries.
- Chris is a 25-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter [email protected]