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MLB Weekly Digest February 20th Edition: New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Frankie Montas Needs Shoulder Surgery

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The prior week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the American League that might miss the entire season due to needing surgery, a team in the National League signs a pitcher to a unique one-year contract, and a former broadcaster passes away.

New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Frankie Montas Will Undergo Shoulder Surgery, Might Miss Season

Per Jeff Passan of ESPN, the New York Yankees might be without starting pitcher Frankie Montas for much of the season as he needs to undergo shoulder surgery.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Montas would have the surgery tomorrow.

According to the YES Network, Boone added that the best case was that Montas would return later in the season.

The Yankees had shut Montas down a couple of times as he dealt with shoulder issues while trying to build up for this season, prompting a doctor’s visit.

Boone mentioned the type of surgery that Montas requires is unclear, which is why his return date has not been determined.

The club acquired Montas from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline last August, and they knew he had shoulder problems earlier previous season.

Montas struggled mightily with the Yankees as he posted a 6.35 ERA in 39 2 /3 innings pitched (eight starts) with 33 strikeouts, 15 walks issued, six home runs allowed, a 62 ERA+, 4.93 FIP, and a 1.53 WHIP.

The loss of Montas is a concern, as it does hurt their starting pitching depth going into the season.

They will begin the season with a starting rotation of Gerrit Cole, Carlos Rodon, Luis Severino, Nestor Cortes, and possibly, Domingo German or Clarke Schmidt.

San Diego Padres Sign Pitcher Michael Wacha to One-Year Contract

The San Diego Padres have signed starting pitcher Michael Wacha to a one-year contract, per a team announcement.

However, it is not your standard one-year contract for a pitcher as it includes several options, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Wacha will earn $26 million guaranteed over four years.

In 2023, he will make $7.5 million; after the season, the Padres can pick up a two-year, $32-million option. If the Padres decline the option, Wacha has a three-year, $18.5-million player option.

The deal also contains bonuses for the 2023 season, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Wacha is coming off an outstanding 2022 season with the Boston Red Sox.

He posted an 11-2 win-loss record with a 3.32 ERA in 127 1/3 innings pitched (23 starts) with 104 strikeouts, 31 walks issued, 18 home runs yielded, a 127 ERA+, 4.14 FIP, and a 1.11 WHIP.

The addition of Wacha was an intelligent decision by the Padres as it strengthened their starting rotation for the upcoming season.

Hall of Fame Broadcaster Tim McCarver Passes Away at 81

Tim McCarver, an All-Star catcher and Hall of Fame broadcaster, passed away several days ago at age 81.

He was in baseball for 60 years and won two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals.

McCarver was a commentator known for telling stories while in the booth.

The former catcher worked with two Hall of Fame pitchers, Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.

McCarver switched to broadcasting after retiring in 1980 and was known nationally on Fox with play-by-play man Joe Buck.

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