notebook: White Sox's Kopech has torn UCL
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[September 08, 2018]
Michael Kopech, the top pitching prospect of the Chicago White Sox,
has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and likely will undergo Tommy
John surgery, the team announced Friday.
The team's announcement also said he will have a second opinion to
confirm the diagnosis. If he has surgery, he should be ready for
2020 spring training, according to general manager Rick Hahn.
Before his promotion to the White Sox last month, he was rated as
the No. 2 right-handed-pitching prospect in the minor leagues and
No. 13 overall by MLB.com.
Kopech 22, was one of the two main pieces the White Sox acquired
when they traded All-Star left-hander Chris Sale to the Red Sox in
December 2016. The White Sox also received Yoan Moncada -- at one
time the No. 1 prospect in baseball and now the team's starting
second baseman -- plus outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and
right-hander Victor Diaz.
--Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will delay his
decision on whether he will undergo Tommy John surgery until the end
of the season, he told reporters.
Ohtani intends to finish the 2018 campaign as a hitter before making
the call regarding the reconstructive elbow surgery that has been
recommended to him, which would keep him off the mound in a major
league game until 2020.
"Nothing is set right now," Ohtani said through his interpreter. "I
have a few options out there. I am still trying to look into every
single option. I will make a decision sometime toward the end of the
--Dustin Pedroia has been shut down for the rest of the season by
the Boston Red Sox, but the injured second baseman is optimistic he
can return healthy in 2019.
Returning to Fenway Park for the first time in two months, Pedroia
said, "I'm excited going forward. It stinks I'm not going to be able
Last October, Pedroia underwent a cartilage restoration procedure on
his left knee -- one of three surgeries in 10 months. He played in
only three games this season. "I knew all along it would be tough.
It's a surgery that requires time. And once you give it time you'll
be fine," he said.
--The Washington Nationals have their saving grace back, as
left-handed closer Sean Doolittle was reinstated from the 10-day
Doolittle, one of the most effective relievers in the major leagues
with a 1.45 ERA and 22 saves before he went on the DL on July 10
with a strained toe on his left foot, hasn't pitched in a game since
July 6. His injury was a stress reaction of the second left
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Aug 31, 2018; Chicago,
IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech (34)
pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at
Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY
"If you had told me when I came out of that game that night that I
was going to have to wait two months to get to do that again, I
would've said you were crazy," Doolittle said. "But it's one of the
things the DL does. It gives you some perspective. It humbles you a
little bit. It reminds you how lucky we are to play this game, and
to get a chance to put this uniform on and go back out on the field.
I'm really excited to be back with the guys."
--The New York Yankees activated shortstop Didi Gregorius off the
10-day disabled list prior to their game against the Seattle
Gregorius had been sidelined since suffering a bruised left heel on
Aug. 19 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He collided with Toronto
first baseman Kendrys Morales while beating out an infield hit and
tumbled to the ground.
Gregorius is batting .270 with 22 homers and 74 RBIs in 118 games.
He has smacked 20 or more homers in three straight seasons.
--St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will miss a three-game
weekend series with the Detroit Tigers due to a strained left
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said that there was no timetable for
Molina's return, but the belief is that the injury is minor.
Molina suffered the injury during Wednesday's game against the
Washington Nationals. The hamstring tightened as he slid into second
base on a unsuccessful steal attempt.
--The family of Tony Gwynn has reached a confidential settlement in
its wrongful death suit against the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.,
according to reports.
Gwynn, who played all 20 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the
San Diego Padres, died in 2014 of cancer of the salivary gland. He
was 54. The case had been set to go to trial in September 2019 in
San Diego Superior Court, but the two sides confirmed the settlement
"It's resolved, and it's been resolved to the satisfaction of all
the parties involved," family attorney David Casey told USA Today.
--Field Level Media
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