Major League Baseball Headlines News & Notes

February 25, 2020

Luis Severino was confirmed on Tuesday to require Tommy John Surgery to repair his injured elbow, effectively ending his 2020 season before it has a chance to begin.

Severino has been the Yankees’ most effective starting pitcher these last three seasons when healthy, and was expected to help anchor a much-improved rotation in 2020 alongside free agent signing Gerrit Cole. That hope is now a thing of the past, as he now stares down an extended recovery process. On Tuesday evening, he responded to the unfortunate news with an official statement to fans.

Major League Baseball appears to be leaving no stone unturned in its investigation into allegations that the Boston Red Sox illegally stole signs during their World Series season in 2018.

While the feeling for weeks has been that MLB is on the verge of releasing its findings and levying potential disciplinary action against the Red Sox, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reported on Tuesday that the investigation will not be wrapped up until next week at the earliest. There were rumblings at one point that MLB would want to finish with the probe prior to spring training games, but it is already too late for that.

Chih-Jung Liu arrived in Florida last week eager to start his first spring training with the Boston Red Sox. But instead of playing catch and getting to know his new teammates, the 20-year-old righthander from Taiwan is being quarantined in a hotel room by the Sox to guard against the coronavirus.

A pretty darn hilarious story broke earlier this week noting that Arizona Diamondbacks star Madison Bumgarner has been moonlighting as a rodeo champion while going by the alias Mason Saunders. It’s one of those stories you think is made for The Onion. But it’s real.

Leave it to the Amazin’s to try and reinvent the starting pitching wheel. According to a report by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are seriously considering trotting out Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello as their top four starters, while shuffling in Steven Matz and Michael Wacha to start depending on who their opponent is that day.

They’ve also entertained the possibility of opting for an opener in the form of either Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo to throw out the first couple of innings depending on what the analytics data and historical matchups with that day’s opponent dictates.

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