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Cubs' Yu Darvish lifted from Cactus League start with blister
Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish made an early exit from a Cactus League start Tuesday due to a blister on his right ring finger.
Darvish left after throwing a pitch in the top of the fifth inning. The blister shouldn't cause him to miss his first turn in the Cubs' rotation. The 32-year-old right-hander only made eight starts last season due to elbow and triceps injuries.
numberFire's models expect Darvish to record a 3.93 ERA and 1.32 WHIP with 158 strikeouts and 60 walks across 139 2/3 innings in 2019.
Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) ruled out for Brewers on Opening Day
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress (sore right shoulder) will open the 2019 regular season on the injured list.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell conceded last week that Jeffress was unlikely to be cleared in time for Opening Day. However, the 31-year-old right-hander continues to progress and is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday, so it might be a short stint on the IL.
Prior to this announcement, numberFire's models expected Jeffress to record a 3.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 75 strikeouts and 28 walks across 70 innings this season.
Yankees' Dellin Betances (shoulder) to start year on injured list
New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.
Betances informed the Yankees he has felt weaker than normal this spring and can't fully extend while pitching. Turning 31 on Saturday, the right-handed setup man will start the season on the injured list and doesn't have a timetable to return.
Betances recorded a 2.70 ERA and 115 strikeouts with 4 saves over 66 2/3 innings last season.
Brad Peacock 'leading candidate' for Astros' fifth spot
Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is the "leading candidate" to begin the year in the fifth spot in the rotation, manager A.J. Hinch said.
Peacock was the expected choice after Josh James suffered a quad injury. The 31-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 1.50 ERA with 10 punchouts over 12 innings this spring. James could eventually compete for the fifth spot again if Peacock struggles during the year.
numberFire's models expect Peacock to record a 3.50 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 98 strikeouts and 26 walks across 72 innings this season.
Tigers' Michael Fulmer likely headed for Tommy John surgery
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (elbow) has been recommended for Tommy John surgery.
Fulmer is seeking a third opinion, but it appears he will be sidelined for all of 2019. The 26-year-old right-hander was shut down recently to work on his mechanics, but there hadn't been any mention of an arm injury.
Fulmer's ERA has gone up each year since he entered the majors, from 3.06 as a rookie, to 3.83 in 2017, before ballooning to 4.69 last season.
Mike Trout, Angels reportedly finalizing $430 million extension
The Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Mike Trout are finalizing a new deal that will pay him $430 million over the next 12 seasons, according to multiple reports.
Trout's new deal with the Angels is a 10-year, $363.5 million extension which will begin in 2021, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The 27-year-old will still be paid the same $33.25 million salary he was previously due in each of the next two seasons. The astronomical contract beats out Bryce Harper's recent record-breaking 13-year, $330 million deal as the richest signing in the history of United States professional sports.
numberFire's models expect Trout to bat .314 with 39 home runs, 98 RBI, 119 runs scored, 24 steals this season.
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