Mets' Edgin to have Tommy John surgery
Lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin will miss the season, leaving the Metsbullpen in a difficult spot.
NEW YORK Mets reliever Josh Edgin is done for the season and will have Tommy John surgery this week.
General manager Sandy Alderson updated the status of the lefthander yesterday. The loss of Edgin puts the Mets' bullpen in a difficult spot.
Edgin had an MRI last week that showed a stretched elbow ligament and bone spur. The Mets gave him the option of pursuing non-surgical rehabilitation or surgery. Edgin sought a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before choosing to have surgery.
"[It's] the best decision for my future and my family," Edgin said. "The Mets stood behind me 100 percent. I'm disappointed, because we have a heck of a team. My mindset is to be ready to go on Opening Day in 2016."
The 28-year-old was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 47 appearances last season. He missed 2 weeks late in the season because of tendinitis and bone spurs in his elbow, and he received a platelet-rich plasma injection.
The only other lefthanded relievers in camp are Sean Gilmartin and three pitchers with minor league contracts - Scott Rice, Dario Alvarez and Jack Leathersich.
* Milwaukee lefthander Dontrelle Willis is ending his comeback bid and will retire at 33.
A popular star a decade ago, Willis was in the Brewers' camp on a minor league contract. He had not pitched in a spring training game this year, and hasn't been in the majors since 2011 with Cincinnati.
Willis was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003 and helped the Marlins win the World Series.
In other news, a clubhouse outbreak of pink eye is forcing the Brewers to find a new way to celebrate top plays at spring training. The players have been told not to high-five until the condition is under control.
* Washington righthanded closer Drew Storen has undergone surgery on his nonpitching hand and is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
The Nationals said he had surgery Friday to remove part of a bone in his left wrist.
* Cincinnati outfielder Jason Bourgeois is going to be out 4 to 6 weeks with a fracture in his left shoulder. The 33-year old was trying to win a job as the Reds' fourth outfielder.
* Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen remained inactive with a lower-body injury.
Neither McCutchen nor the Pirates divulged the extent of the injury.
"I've just been trying to get my legs under me," McCutchen said. "When you get back to baseball stuff after all the offseason workouts, it just takes a little time. I don't want to get back out there until I'm 100 percent."
Manager Clint Hurdle said McCutchen will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
* Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar is expected to miss a week to 10 days due to a strained oblique suffered while sneezing.
Pillar, who is in contention for a starting spot, said he sneezed and felt a sharp pain in his right side, but opted not to tell team trainers about it until after he was pulled in the fifth inning of Toronto's win over a Yankees split squad on Saturday.
* Union head Tony Clark said the baseball players' association has no issues with Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez rejoined the Yankees this spring after serving a 1-year drug suspension. During his appeal of the ban, A-Rod filed - and later dropped - lawsuits against his own union, Major League Baseball and New York's team physician.
* Al Rosen, the muscular third baseman who won the 1953 AL MVP and played on the last Cleveland Indians team to win the World Series, has died. He was 91.
The Indians said Rosen died Friday night but did not provide any other details.
Rosen played his entire career with Cleveland, from 1947-56. He was a member of the Indians' 1948 World Series title team - he played only five games that season and got one at-bat in the win over the Boston Braves.
In 1953, Rosen batted .336 with 43 homers and 145 RBI. He nearly won the Triple Crown, but was beaten out for the batting title by Washington's Mickey Vernon, who hit .337. Rosen was unanimously picked the AL's top player.