Oakland Athletics pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be shut down for four to six weeks because of a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder, general manager David Forst told reporters. Luzardo, who is No. 31 overall and the highest-rated prospect for the A’s on ESPN Insider Keith Law’s list of the top prospects for
TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees guest instructor Lee Mazzilli was struck in the head by a ball in batting practice Wednesday and taken to a local hospital. Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said in an email that Mazzilli “will spend the night at the hospital for observation.” Yankees players not on the travel roster for
Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, after receiving a third opinion, has opted to have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and will almost certainly miss the 2019 season. Fulmer got a second opinion Tuesday from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews after an MRI. He told reporters Wednesday that a third opinion confirmed the diagnosis.
All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman has agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Houston Astros, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. With Bregman not eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season, the deal, which kicks in this season, buys out his first two years of free agency as well
MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish left his spring start on Tuesday with a blister on his right ring finger, but he believes it won’t set him back for the start of the regular season. “I felt pain right after I threw it but now I don’t feel any,” Darvish said afterward. “It’ll
Jun 27, 2018 Sam MillerESPN.com Close ESPN baseball columnist/feature writerFormer editor-in-chief of Baseball ProspectusCo-author of “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s July 9 Body Issue. Subscribe today! 23.There are two outs, the bases are empty and the batter is 23. He is, as he steps into
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cincinnati Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring training. Wood was part of the trade that brought outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati from the Dodgers. He made one spring
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw won’t be ready for Opening Day after all, manager Dave Roberts said Monday. Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game. He has been throwing, however, completing a bullpen session without any issues as recently as Sunday.
TOKYO — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Suzuki Ichiro’s return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it’s been easy to overlook something else: the Oakland Athletics are here, too. The A’s are used to being seen as the also-rans, and even relish it. They were a playoff team last season — not the Mariners. And
9:00 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who