It has been almost two months since Tommy John was first recommended for surgery Astros nearer Roberto Osuna. A few weeks later, however, the Houston skipper Dusty Baker It was announced that Osuna was opting for a route of rest and rehab. Osuna presented the decision to Mark Berman of FOX 26, revealing that the second opinion offered him a different conclusion: an arm strain that could benefit from four weeks or more rest. Osuna stopped from throwing for the recommended four weeks and resumed throwing three weeks ago. He hopes he can avoid surgery based on how his arm feels and the latest input from doctors.
Even with a deep posteason run for Houston, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he builds up to the point of being pitch in 2020. And given that he deserves a raise of $ 10MM this year in arbitration before becoming an independent agent next winter, he will not appear to be a lock to be awarded a contract. Even if he only repeats the salary this year, that would be a big deal to take a soothing that was only a few months removed from a Tommy John recommendation.
A couple more injury records from the whole game …
- Ang Rays became nothing Austin Meadows since September 17 due to an oblique strain, but Tampa Bay general manager Erik Neander told reporters it was possible for Meadows to reunite with the club for the upcoming ALDS date against the Yankees (Twitter link to by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times). The 25-year-old Meadows opened the season with Covid-19 IL after testing positive and experiencing symptoms in July. He is not like himself when on the farm, struggling with a .205 / .296 / .371 slash with a swollen 33 percent strikeout rate at 152 plate appearances. That is miles away from last year .291 / .364 / .558 slash and 22.2 percent strikeout rate. If Meadows returns to form 2019, it clearly represents a major boost to the Rays in a division series that could throw them against Gerrit Cole twice In Meadows absent, only the left hand pressing the Rays is outside Kevin Kiermaier at Brett Phillips.
- Brewers skipper Craig Counsell did not provide a specific positive update to Brett Anderson when asked by reporters last night (Twitter link via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com). The lefty veteran, who was not on the Wild Card list due to a blister, has not improved since the end of the regular season and is “not close” being considered for the team roster in one of the posteason plays . Right-hand Devin Williams, meanwhile, said he believes he can rejoin the list in the next postseason play, if the Brewers qualify (Twitter link from McCalvy). The changed breakout artist was left on Milwaukee’s Wild Card list due to shoulder pain. Any news of injury to the Brewers could give most moot, of course, as they will fight for their lives in the playoffs tonight in a rematch with the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.