Yu Darvish said he didn't need any more opinions once the first doctor recommended season-ending surgery on the ailing right elbow of the Texas Rangers ace.
The Japanese righthander waited for two more reports anyway before the announcement that James Andrews will perform elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Andrews was the last of three doctors to review images of the 28-year-old's elbow, following Rangers team physician Keith Meister and New York Mets medical director David Altchek. Tommy John surgery likely will sideline Darvish until early 2016.
An MRI last week revealed a partially torn ligament and inflammation after Darvish felt tightness in his triceps while warming up for his spring training debut. He threw 10 of 12 pitches for strikes in his only inning before telling anyone about the discomfort.
Darvish is 39-25 in 83 starts for the Rangers, with 680 strikeouts in 5451/3 innings. He led the majors with 277 strikeouts in 2013.
Brewers ban high-fives
The Milwaukee Brewers will have to find a new way to celebrate for the next few spring training games. The team has banned high-fives to avoid the spread of pink eye.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz became the latest victims Thursday. They will be staying home for 48 hours in hopes of stopping the spread of the annoying and highly contagious malady.
"We've been going through it for a while and it seems like a couple of more show up every day," manager Ron Roenicke said.
The team won't high-five until the outbreak is over.
Red Sox, Moncada agree
The Boston Red Sox have finalized a minor- league contract with 19-year-old Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada that includes a $31.5 million signing bonus, easily a record for an international amateur free agent under 23 years old.