The last week in MLB was about an outfielder who is not sure about playing the 2020 season, a pitcher in the National League undergoes surgery, and a team in the American League signs one of their draft picks.
Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Mike Trout Undecided About Playing 2020 Season
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout has had conversations with his wife if he will play the 2020 season and is uncertain about his decision, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.
Mike Trout said he’s still discussing with his wife and that his decision to play isn’t solid yet.
“Keeping them healthiest is my top priority.”
Said he’s going to keep talking with Billy Eppler and Joe Maddon on what to do when the baby comes.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 3, 2020
Trout said, “keeping them healthiest is my top priority,” as his wife, Jessica, is pregnant with their first child.
He also said he would continue to talk with Angels manager Joe Maddon and general manager Billy Eppler on what to do once the baby is born.
Trout has consulted with doctors, who have told him that if he does test positive for coronavirus and the baby comes, he would need to wait 14 days to see the baby, per Ardaya.
Mike Trout said in consulting with doctors, if he tests positive and the baby comes, he has to wait 14 days to see the baby. This is something that is weighing on him, he said.
“I love playing this game,” Trout said. “It’s going to come down to how safe we’re going to be."
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 3, 2020
Trout wants to keep his family safe, and the best way to accomplish this is by not playing baseball during the 2020 season.
The 2020 season was already going to be strange, with 60 games scheduled, and it is possible Trout will not play.
Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jose Quintana Undergoes Thumb Surgery
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana underwent microscopic surgery a couple of days ago to repair a lacerated digital sensory nerve in his left thumb, per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.
Injury update on Jose Quintana from the Cubs… pic.twitter.com/75d5SOPWxl
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 2, 2020
Quintana needed the operation as he had an accident at home several days ago while washing dishes.
The left-hander is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks.
The Cubs will have a timeframe on when they may have Quintana back in the rotation once he starts to throw again.
Quintana will probably miss the start of the season as he will need to build up arm strength once he can return, which will take a considerable amount of time.
He posted a 4.68 ERA in 171 innings (31 starts) with 152 strikeouts, and 20 home runs surrendered last season with the Cubs.
He is set to make $10.5 million in the upcoming season and is eligible to become a free agent once the season is finished.
Toronto Blue Jays Reach Deal with Draft Pick Austin Martin
The Toronto Blue Jays have reached a deal with their first-round pick Austin Martin, which is pending a physical, a source told Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.
#BlueJays and first round draft pick, Austin Martin, in agreement on a deal, pending physical, according to an industry source.
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) July 3, 2020
The financial terms of the deal are unknown, but the slot value for the pick was over $6 million.
Martin was regarded as one of the best overall hitters in the draft, and the Blue Jays were smart to select him with the fifth overall selection.
Martin provides the Blue Jays with tremendous flexibility as he played numerous positions during his time at Vanderbilt University.
He was drafted as a shortstop, but his ability to play multiple positions is an asset for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays have drafted very well over the last several years, and the addition of Martin puts the team in a position to contend in the future.
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