MLB News: June 24th

The Baltimore Orioles faced a significant setback on Wednesday as starter Kyle Bradish underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. This procedure, performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, included the installation of an internal brace to support his ulnar collateral ligament. 

Bradish exited his last start on June 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies due to elbow discomfort. Despite a promising season with a 2.75 ERA, 53 strikeouts, and a 1.068 WHIP over 39 1/3 innings, his season has come to an abrupt halt.

 

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Injured Orioles 

Bradish’s surgery adds to the Orioles’ mounting injury woes. The team is already without left-hander John Means and closer Félix Bautista, both sidelined due to Tommy John surgery and right-hander Tyler Wells, who had UCL repair surgery. 

Additionally, reliever Danny Coulombe, who underwent surgery to remove bone chips in his left elbow, might return in September. Coulombe had posted a 2.42 ERA with 28 strikeouts and a 0.62 WHIP in 26 innings before his injury.

The Orioles’ rotation has been severely impacted by injuries, creating challenges for the team, which holds the third-best record in the majors at 47-25, trailing the Yankees and the Phillies. 

Baltimore is currently engaged in a three-game series with the American League East rival Yankees in the Bronx.

 

jake blossAstros Promote Jake Bloss for MLB Debut

In contrast, the Houston Astros are preparing for a significant addition to their rotation. Pitching prospect Jake Bloss is set to make his major league debut against the Orioles on Friday. 

Bloss, a third-round pick in last July’s draft, has quickly ascended through the minors, bypassing Triple-A entirely. He boasts a 1.74 ERA over 62 minor-league innings this season, with opponents hitting just .127 against him at Double-A Corpus Christi.

 

Bloss has been impressive, recently teaming with reliever Cesar Gomez to throw the first nine-inning no-hitter in Corpus Christi’s history. Over his last 18 1/3 innings, Bloss has allowed only one earned run. His dominant performance at Double-A, where hitters are slashing .127/.195/.207 against him, underscores his rapid rise through the Astros’ farm system.

Astros general manager Dana Brown has been monitoring Bloss closely, hinting at his potential major league promotion amid the team’s injury-ridden rotation. Brown praised Bloss for his ability to throw strikes and his power pitching, which includes a five-pitch arsenal with a four-seam fastball that can touch 98 mph. 

Bloss’ other pitches include a cutter, sharp curveball, slider, and changeup, making him a versatile and formidable addition to the Astros’ rotation. If the

Necessity drives the Astros’ decision to promote Bloss. The team has lost two starters to season-ending Tommy John surgery and recently placed Justin Verlander on the injured list due to neck discomfort. 

Bloss won Big East Pitcher of the Year honors at Georgetown and has a master’s degree in finance. He is stepping up at a crucial time for Houston’s MLB Odds

Yankees Designate Victor González For Assignment

The Yankees made some roster changes today. They picked right-hander Phil Bickford and designated left-hander Victor González for assignment. The team also called up right-hander Yoendrys Gómez after optioning right-hander Ron Marinaccio last night

González’s 3.86 ERA looks good at first glance, but he has struggled with control. He has 13 walks and only 11 strikeouts this year, making his walk and strikeout rates worse than average. This likely led to his being designated for assignment.

 

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