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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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Blue Jays have inquired about free agent lefty Brad Hand

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for some additional bullpen depth, and are aiming at filling it with a quality left-hander.

According to reports, the team has focused some of their efforts on signing free agent reliever Brad Hand.

The 30-year old, who surprisingly had his option declined by the Cleveland Indians in late October, had amassed a 2-1 record, 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and an AL-best 16 saves out of 16 opportunities in 2020.

Prior to last season, he had made three straight MLB All-Star appearances from 2017-2019.

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Charlie Morton signs with Braves

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The Atlanta Braves just bolstered their rotation in a big way.

The team announced that they have agreed to sign veteran starter Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract.

The 37-year old, who has 13 MLB seasons under his belt, posted a 2-2 record, and 4.74 ERA in nine starts and 38.0 innings pitched last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, who ended up making it to the World Series.

In 2019, he went 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 194.2 innings pitched.

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Trevor Bauer becomes first Cincinnati Reds pitcher to win the Cy Young Award

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They have been in existence for a long, long time, but have never had a pitcher win the NL Cy Young Award in their franchise’s history. Well that has now changed.

Veteran right-hander Trevor Bauer became the first Reds pitcher to win the Award when it was announced on Wednesday.

The 29-year old, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, posted a 5-4 record, 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 100 strikeouts over a span of 11 starts and 73.0 innings pitched in the pandemic shortened 2020 MLB season.

“The biggest deal this year is I was just healthy,” said Bauer.

“I was able to go out there and compete, be on a routine.”

Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber took home the AL Cy Young Award.

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