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Rangers ace Corey Kluber could miss rest of season with shoulder injury

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The season is barely underway, and things are already looking bleak for the Texas Rangers.

The team recently found out that they will be without their number 1 pitcher Corey Kluber for an extended period of time after injuring his throwing shoulder in the first inning of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Coorado Rockies on Sunday. But with the latest updates surrounding the injury, it feels like a real possibility that he could be done for the year.

An MRI on Sunday revealed that he sustained a “Grade 2 tear of the teres major muscle” in his right shoulder. Although it won’t require surgery, he will undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy later this week, and have to wait a minimum of four weeks before being re-evaluated again. And with the season already shortened, if there is any setback during that time frame, it will be difficult to get him back in the rotation by seasons end.

“I felt like he was in a really, really good spot, had had really no physical issues at all…Really no indication that this was coming. He was throwing the ball really well.” said Rangers president and general manager John Daniels.

Kluber is in the first season with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Indians back in December. He will make $17.5 million in 2020 and has a club option for $18 million in 2021. As things stand, he will become an unrestricted free agent prior to 2022.

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Clayton Kershaw not a fan of this season’s extra inning rule: “It’s not real baseball”

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Major League baseball has decided to use this pandemic-shortened season to test run a couple of rule changes that may or may not be permanently in effect moving forward.

One of those that have sparked headlines is the extra inning rule, which a runner starts at second base in each half inning beyond the 9th. Not only has it potentially shortened the length of games, but it is arguably added some excitement and intrigue from a strategy standpoint. However, baseball is a traditional sport that doesn’t exactly welcome change. One of those opposed to it is Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

The 32-year old, who allowed three earned runs in five innings during the team’s 6-4 win in extra innings on Wednesday, admitted he is not a fan of this particular rule.

“It’s not real baseball,” said Kershaw after the game.

“But it’s fine for this year, and I hope we never do it again.”

Funny enough, the Dodgers have excelled in extra inning contests, posting a 5-1 record on the season in such games. Their last two wins have been in extra inning games.

They currently sit atop baseball with a 32-12 record.

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Padres get ace Mike Clevinger in massive nine-player deal with Indians

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In case you didn’t know, the San Diego Padres are going all in this year. With a handful of players already acquired, it looks like they pulled off a blockbuster trade to bolster their rotation.

The team acquired ace Mike Clevinger from the Cleveland Indians just hours before the MLB Trade deadline.

The deal went as follows:

San Diego Padres receive – right-hander Mike Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen, a player to be named later.

Cleveland Indians receive – catcher Austin Hedges, outfielder Josh Naylor, Right-hander Cal Quantrill, left-hander Joey Cantillo, shortstop Gabriel Arias and infielder Owen Miller.

Clevinger, 29, is the centerpiece of the deal, and was one of the biggest names announced in trade rumours over the past couple of days. Since making his debut in 2016, he has posted a combined 42-22 record, 3.20 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over a span of 523.1 innings pitched.

He is under team control for two more seasons before he can enter unrestricted free agency in 2023.

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Blue Jays acquire Taijuan Walker from Mariners

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With injuries piling up, it’s become clear as day that the Toronto Blue Jays need another starter in their rotation. Well, it appears they’ve found a veteran arm to fill the void.

According to reports, the team is on the verge of acquiring righty Taijuan Walker from the Seattle Mariners in exchnage for a player to be named later.

Walker, 28, is currently in his eighth MLB season and has already appeared in more games in 2020 than he did in the previous two seasons due to the elbow issues and undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In five starts, Walker has posted a 2-2 record, 4.00 ERA, and 1.07 WHIP over 27.0 innings pitched.

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