The last week in MLB was about a starting pitcher who is expected to begin the season on the injured list for a team in the American League, a pitcher in the National League signed a multi-year contract extension, and an infielder is sidelined for two months after undergoing surgery.
New York Yankees Starting Pitcher Luis Severino Likely to Begin Season on IL with Lat Injury
New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino has a low-grade right lat strain and is expected to begin the season on the injured list, said Yankees manager Aaron Boone, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Boone also mentioned Clarke Schmidt is set to start the second game of the season behind Gerrit Cole, who will pitch on Opening Day.
Luis Severino has a low-grade right lat strain and is expected to begin the season on the IL, Aaron Boone said. Clarke Schmidt is in line to start the #Yankees’ second game of the season.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 25, 2023
Severino has not thrown the ball well during spring training as he has posted a 9.00 ERA in five spring starts, yielding 15 earned runs and six home runs across 15 innings pitched.
He has made just 22 regular-season starts since 2019.
Severino pitched well for the Yankees last year in only 19 starts.
He compiled a 3.18 ERA in 102 innings pitched with 112 strikeouts, 30 walks issued, 14 home runs allowed, a 123 ERA+, 3.70 FIP, and 1.00 WHIP.
The Yankees will start the 2023 season with an injured starting rotation, as Frankie Montas and Carlos Rodon also deal with injuries.
The Yankees are hopeful that Severino will not miss too much time as they will need him healthy later this season.
St. Louis Cardinals Sign Starting Pitcher Miles Mikolas to Two-Year Contract Extension
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed starting pitcher Miles Mikolas to a two-year contract extension, per a team announcement.
In Miles We Trust!
Opening Day Starter ✅
Two-Year Contract Extension ✅ pic.twitter.com/kFgyUt34LH
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) March 24, 2023
Per Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the deal for Mikolas is worth $40 million.
The Cardinals have agreed to a 2-year, $40 million extension with starter Miles Mikolas, sources tell ESPN@dgoold was first to report an agreement.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 24, 2023
Mikolas, who has been selected as the Opening Day starter for the Cardinals against the Toronto Blue Jays, would have been eligible for free agency after this season.
Mikolas is coming off a strong 2022 season for the Cardinals.
He authored a 3.29 ERA in 202 1/3 innings pitched (32 starts) with 153 strikeouts, 39 walks issued, 25 home runs allowed, a 116 ERA+, 3.87 FIP, 1.03 WHIP, and was selected as an All-Star.
The right-handed pitcher has thrived in four seasons with the Cardinals by posting a 3.46 ERA in 631 2/3 innings pitched across that period.
The Cardinals decided to sign Mikolas to a team-friendly two-year contract extension.
Houston Astros Second Baseman Jose Altuve Out Two Months After Undergoing Thumb Surgery
Update on Jose Altuve. pic.twitter.com/5TfWtyqF96
— Houston Astros (@astros) March 22, 2023
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will be out for two months after undergoing surgery on his fractured right thumb last week, said Astros general manager Dana Brown, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
Jose Altuve underwent thumb surgery today in Houston, general manager Dana Brown said. The timeline is two months before he can resume baseball activities.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) March 22, 2023
Altuve suffered a thumb injury after being hit by a pitch while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
Jose Altuve leaves the game after being hit in the hand by a pitch. pic.twitter.com/Dzd9phTnnK
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) March 19, 2023
The Astros are expected to begin the MLB season with David Hensley and Mauricio Dubon as the options to replace Altuve at second base.
The loss of Altuve is significant for the Astros as he plays solid defense at second base and is a terrific hitter.
Altuve compiled a .300 batting average and .921 OPS in 141 games last year, with 103 runs scored, 158 hits, 39 doubles, 28 home runs, 57 RBIs, and 18 stolen bases.
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