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Braves’ Vizcaino has surgery, out for season

The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing right shoulder surgery.

Vizcaino had the procedure on Wednesday in New York. He pitched in four games this season, getting one save and allowing one run in four innings for the National League East champs.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free-agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and Anthopoulos indicated the Braves are exploring all available options.

“There’s been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today,” Anthopoulos said Wednesday. “I think it goes without saying we’re going to look to do what we can both internally and externally.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Even before Vizcaino got hurt, there had been speculation that Kimbrel, who closed games last season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, would return to the Braves, his original team.6

Anthopoulos declined to say if the team already has reached out to Kimbrel, as the Braves appear set in the immediate future to stay with A.J. Minter and other relievers to fill Vizcaino’s role.

Atlanta ranks 24th in the majors with a 5.43 bullpen ERA and 25th with two saves. Minter is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA, after allowing a career high-tying three runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“I just don’t want to position it like I’m trying to foreshadow like great expectations — ‘Oh, he’s working the phones. They’re going to get someone tomorrow,'” Anthopoulos said. “But for me to sit here and say, ‘We’re good, everything’s great, this too shall pass,’ when Viz is down, that would be very insincere.”

The 28-year-old Vizcaino was put on the 10-day injured list a few days ago with right shoulder inflammation. Vizcaino, on a $4.8 million, one-year contract, has often been injured during his two stints with the club.

Dr. David Altchek performed the surgery. He cleaned up Vizcaino’s labrum and removed scar tissue from the right shoulder joint.

“When he’s right, he’s one of the best there is,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Vizcaino. “I felt for him. The kid cares. He wants to help this club and just wasn’t able to do it.”

Tigers’ Moore (knee) expected out for season

Tigers starting pitcher Matt Moore is expected to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery, the latest setback for the left-hander who was once one of the game’s rising stars.

The 29-year-old Moore signed with the Tigers in the offseason and did not allow a run in 10 innings this year, but he hurt his knee April 6 while trying to field a bunt.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Moore said last weekend he had a tear in his meniscus, but the severity wasn’t clear. Manager Ron Gardenhire provided more information on Wednesday.5

“He had the surgery, and they had to fix some things up in there, and he’s out for the year,” Gardenhire said.

Moore was an All-Star in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, but Tommy John surgery cost him almost all of 2014, and he hasn’t been very effective since. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. That deal included an extra $1 million in performance bonuses, but none of those kicks in until his 10th start.

“He was making a great comeback with us, throwing the ball really well, had a great spring and we were excited — and now he’s going to miss a season,” Gardenhire said. “Him and his family, that’s very frustrating, so our thoughts go to him.”cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Dr. Keith Meister performed the operation on Wednesday.

“He got in there and fixed what he saw,” said Doug Teter, Detroit’s head athletic trainer. “The rehab coming back for what he had to do to repair it is not the timeline we were hoping for.”

Detroit also is without right-hander Michael Fulmer, who is out for the season following an elbow injury.

Benintendi exits after fouling ball off foot

Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox left Sunday’s game against Baltimore with a bruised right foot after fouling a ball off it.

Benintendi is considered day-to-day and said after the game that he doesn’t see it “being anything super serious.”nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The outfielder went to the ground in pain after the foul in the third inning Sunday. He had trouble putting weight on his foot when he got up and lightly jogged down the first baseline.6

Benintendi then got back in the batter’s box and doubled into the left-fielder corner. He had a noticeable limp heading into second and again when he ran the bases on Mookie Betts’ inning-ending flyout.

Blake Swihart came into the game in left to replace Benintendi in the top of the fourth.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

Benintendi originally had the day off, but was inserted into the lineup when center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was scratched with the flu.

Orioles’ Davis ends 0-for-54 streak, asks for ball

Baltimore’s Chris Davis ended an MLB-record 0-for-54 skid with his first hit of the season Saturday, dropping in a two-run single in the first inning off Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Davis clapped his hands and called for the ball after reaching base to end the longest hitless streak by a non-pitcher in major league history. It began last season on Sept. 15, 2018.

He finished the Orioles’ 9-5 win with three hits — adding an RBI double in the fifth inning and another double in the eighth for his first multihit game since Sept. 4, 2018.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

“It felt good to contribute today and finally see some hits fall,” Davis said. “Hard work’s paying off; I knew it would. … There was definitely a significant weight lifted off my shoulders.”5

Davis confirmed after the game that he did get the ball after the first-inning hit, and he plans to get it authenticated.

“You’re just pulling for him,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “I talk about it every day, but that’s part of my job, and I’m OK with that. Things happen. It’s not about me; it’s about Chris and his well-being and his mindset and what he’s going through.

“When you’re with somebody for 12 hours a day, and you see the work they are putting in, and it wasn’t paying off until today. It’s a great feeling to watch him do what he did today.”

Davis, 33, is looking to regain his All-Star form from 2013, when he drove in 138 RBIs and hit 53 home runs. He hit at least 26 home runs the four seasons after that but regressed dramatically last season, posting a career-worst .168 batting average with 49 RBIs and 16 home runs.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“I think the biggest thing for me is just not having the headache of having to answer questions and having my teammates have to answer questions,” Davis said about the end of the streak. “… We’ve kind of turned the page now and really focused on the team.”

Bullpen breakdowns, basepath mishaps add to Yankees’ woes

The New York Yankees’ season is only 11 games old, and already two troubling trends are forming.

Firstly, the bullpen — long deemed the strength of the team — has struggled. A pair of blown late leads in the past two games have highlighted that issue now more than at even the earliest stages of this still-young season. Evidence of the bullpen woes so far? Three blown saves and 19 runs allowed.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Secondly, sloppy play has become the team’s calling card. Since the start of the season, the Yankees have had trouble stringing together a series of completely clean games, both offensively and defensively.7

Baserunning miscues remain a concern, and mental lapses in the field have been a problem. Still, the manager of the team that entered the season with the easiest April strength of schedule believes both bullpen strength and cleaned-up play are at hand.

“We’re prepared, the guys are focused, I love the way the guys are competing, but when you’re not clicking on all cylinders, you’ve got to do the little things. Because every little thing matters,” Aaron Boone said. “It’s important that we learn from every time there is a bump in the road, every time there is a mistake that we learn from it and grow from it. We’re confident we will.

“The bottom line is, we’re really close to playing a good brand and a complete game.“cheap nfl jerseys nike china

That complete game didn’t come in a loss Monday night. And it certainly didn’t in Tuesday’s 6-3 defeat.

But the thing is, the Yankees very much needed it both nights. In the middle of arguably their biggest series to this point, it was important they used these games at Minute Maid Park to send an early message. Although much of their first-month schedule is against teams that were sub-.500 last season, the Houston Astros likely will be in the playoff picture once the season ends.

The games on Monday and Tuesday were prime opportunities to put all of baseball on notice: Even with 11 players on the injured list, these Yankees can compete with the best. That message might have turned some heads this week.

Passan: Why question-filled present for Red Sox mirrors what future could look like

For those in Boston panicking about the Red Sox’s sequel to a World Series championship starting with a 3-9 record and the worst run differential in the American League, fear not. That thing in the distance — it’s not the sky falling. It’s just a smoke signal from luxury-tax hell to warn that it’s coming. Or wait. Maybe it’s actually the farm sending a message that the system is barren and needs help.

Pardon the gallows humor. The Red Sox’s debacle of a beginning to the 2019 season is bad enough as it is. That Boston has backed itself into a corner in other integral facets of building a sustained contender only makes it worse — and explains why the capacity to change their current trajectory won’t be easy.cheap wholesale nike nfl jerseys

This is not to cast the Red Sox to where they resided in their previous incarnation, with three last-place finishes sandwiched around a most unlikely title. Any team with Boston’s resources can purchase an end around most issues, with the caveat that it could perhaps compound them to an even greater degree.4

Perhaps it’s easiest to start there, with the Red Sox showering their largesse at a curious time. Less than a week after the first pitch of the spring he threw clocked in at 89 mph, Chris Sale agreed to a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the Red Sox. Sale has been one of the best pitchers in the major leagues for the better part of a decade. His two seasons in Boston have been beyond phenomenal. He is revered in the clubhouse, the organization, the city.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

That said, the reaction around baseball was the awkward marriage of puzzlement at why they did it and giddiness that they actually did. Among the mileage on Sale’s arm, the shoulder problems that disabled him twice last year and the fastball velocity going AWOL, the warning signs were lit up like the Citgo sign. And the Red Sox had the perfect hedge: Sale was under contract for the 2019 season. If he looked good, rival executives figured, the Red Sox could extend him following the year. If not, he would hit free agency.

Now, on the heels of his third consecutive troublesome start, with radar guns registering UH-OH instead of a number, the Sale contract is, at least in the short term, a red flag, and not the kind that hangs at Fenway Park celebrating a title. Starting next season, they’re on the hook for $29 million a year for Sale — at least twice what he’d get coming off a substandard 2019 — plus $32 million a year for David Price and $17 million a season for Nathan Eovaldi, both through 2022. That’s $78 million a year for three starting pitchers — or more than the first-place Tampa Bay Rays, who have only three starting pitchers, are spending on their entire team this season.

Yanks’ Andujar (shoulder) upbeat about recovery

An upbeat Miguel Andujar reported to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, one day after the New York Yankees third baseman was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a serious shoulder injury.

Season-ending surgery to repair the small labrum tear in Andujar’s right shoulder could be an option. So could simple rest and rehab. The latter would get him back on the field at some point later this season.cheap nfl jerseys nike china

“The plan right now is to do physical therapy for the next couple [weeks]. We’ll see where we’re going to be after that,” Andujar said through an interpreter. “The good thing is that I feel good, I feel better, and throughout the whole thing, you have to have positive thoughts. That’s very important.”

Manager Aaron Boone echoed those optimistic sentiments.6

“We’re in the very early stages, so it’s just got to play out over the next few days, and then as he starts ramping back up, it’ll become clear,” Boone said. “Try not to speculate on it too much right now when it’s a bit of an unknown.”

One reason both men are encouraged about Andujar’s recovery is the strength of the 24-year-old’s shoulder. In the 24 hours since an MRI revealed the tear, he has already been put through his share of physical activities to test it.

So far, he’s been passing.

“The physical test on my shoulder came back with good results,” Andujar said. “My strength is there.

“That’s encouraging. I feel good. I feel positive. I feel that the first step is the right step, which is to do physical therapy and see where we are in a couple of weeks.”cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

Andujar experienced the tear when he was diving back into third base while standing near the bag as a baserunner in the fourth inning of Sunday’s loss at home to the Baltimore Orioles. Even after what he called the “weird” headfirst slide, he finished the game.

Despite some discomfort the rest of that evening, Andujar didn’t think he had been seriously hurt.

While the Yankees wait to figure out exactly how Andujar’s recovery will progress, they could soon get back two of the other injured stars also on their stacked IL.

Bogaerts, Red Sox agree to 6-year extension

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a six-year extension, the team announced Monday.

The deal is worth $132 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal, which was first reported Sunday as being close by Boston radio station WEEI, includes the $12 million the 26-year-old Bogaerts was scheduled to make this season, then $120 million over the final six years.cheap nfl jerseys from china nike

The deal, according to sources, will include an opt-out clause that Bogaerts can exercise following the 2022 season, when he will be 30 years old.

There also is a team vesting option for 2026, worth another $20 million, the sources said.5

Bogaerts hit .288 last year and set career bests with 23 homers and 103 RBIs while helping the Red Sox win a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season and a World Series championship. The native of Aruba finished 13th in American League MVP voting.

Bogaerts has played all six-plus seasons in his major leagues with the Red Sox after making his debut in 2013. He has 75 career home runs, 834 hits and 387 RBIs and has appeared in the postseason four times.

Bogaerts, who has won two World Series rings with the Red Sox, said his closeness with his teammates and faith in the organization made Boston the right fit for him.

“It’s a very special place to play,” Bogaerts said. “The fans, the organization in general, expect winning, and I know my teammates know how much I love winning … whether it’s cards, baseball, dominoes, I don’t care.”cheap nfl jerseys nike china

Bogaerts is well liked in the locker room, and many of his teammates crowded the back of the room for the news conference in Oakland, California, including Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, Mitch Moreland, Christian Vazquez, Matt Barnes, Brian Johnson, Brock Holt and others.

“I’m blessed to have teammates like that, and the coaching staff. … The group we had last year and the guys we have this year, it goes beyond regular guys, it’s a real family,” Bogaerts said.

It’s the second time in eight days that the team has made a big commitment to a player who helped it win a third consecutive AL East title and fourth World Series since the beginning of 2004. Sale signed a $145 million extension for five years on March 22.

Betts, the reigning AL MVP, is eligible for salary arbitration after this season and for free agency after 2020, when he will be just 28. He will earn $20 million this year.

Touted rookie 1B Alonso to be on Mets’ roster

New York Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has made the team’s Opening Day roster after an outstanding performance during spring training this year.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

There was widespread speculation that the Mets might have Alonso, 24, start 2019 in the minors to limit his major league service time.

But Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed Wednesday that Alonso and fellow first baseman Dominic Smith both will be on the 25-man roster for Thursday’s season opener against the Washington Nationals.6

“He showed us, and he certainly showed his teammates, that … he earned it,” Van Wagenen said of Alonso.

As for whether the team was tempted to have Alonso start the season in the minors, the GM added: “I do want to focus on winning games. Let’s win as many as we can, as early as we can in the season. And I’m not of the mindset that we should be sacrificing the best product for the fans and the best product for the other 24 guys in that clubhouse to save service time or potential future money six years down the road.”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

Alonso is rated among the Mets’ top prospects after his breakout 2018 season in the minor leagues.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Alonso batted .352 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 22 games this spring. He had 36 homers and 119 RBIs in 132 combined games last season at Double-A and Triple-A.

A’s acquire DH/1B Morales from Blue Jays

The Oakland Athletics have acquired designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, the teams announced Wednesday.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Morales, 35, is expected to play first base while Gold Glover Matt Olson recovers from a broken hamate bone in his right hand. Olson was injured Thursday in the second game of the team’s season-opening series against the Seattle Mariners in Japan. He had surgery the following day, and the team didn’t provide a timeline for his return, although he is expected to be out for at least a month or two.

The switch-hitting Morales hit .249 with 21 homers and 57 RBIs in 130 games last season for Toronto, his second with the Blue Jays, and he will help balance out the A’s lineup.5

“Kendrys has consistently mauled right-handed pitching throughout his career,” A’s general manager David Forst said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “There’s no doubt in our minds he can continue to do it.”cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Morales is in the final year of a three-year, $33 million contract. Toronto is responsible for more than $10 million of the $12 million left on the deal, the Chronicle reported.

The Blue Jays acquired minor league infielder Jesus Lopez and international signing bonus pool space in the deal. In addition to Morales, the A’s received cash considerations.

The A’s also transferred right-hander Jharel Cotton to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Morales.