Dr. Frank Jobe, the man who performed the first — or, perhaps more accurately, the – Tommy John surgery, has passed away at the age of 88. As MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick writes, the longtime Dodgers medical director was instrumental in pioneering that now-commonplace, immensely impactful procedure: “it was Jobe who invented it, performed it, refined it and taught it to hundreds of training orthopedic surgeons.” Needless to say, Jobe’s contributions to the game will continue to have impact for generations to come, and MLBTR joins the rest of the baseball world in saluting him in passing. If you’re interested in learning more about his remarkable life, see this excellent bio piece from MLB.com’s Doug Miller. More from the NL West: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin suffered an arm issue of his own, rupturing his left biceps tendon, but will not need surgery at this point, MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports. GM Josh Byrnes said he feared the worst — a season-ending injury — but that after consulting the medical staff ”the strong consensus was no surgery.” Though a timeline has not yet been set, Maybin could return within four to six weeks. San Diego should have plenty of depth to cover in Maybin’s absence, though the club will certainly hope for a positive resolution of this latest setback for the 26-year-old, who signed a five-year, $25MM deal before the 2012 season. Meanwhile, the Padres have let third baseman Chase Headley know that they fully intend to make him a qualifying offer at the end of the year, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com via Twitter. While this does not come as a surprise, it indicates that San Diego — like the Indians with Justin Masterson — views the QO as a card to be played in extension talks.
To many of the people who knew Dr. Frank Jobe best, he was more than the man who revolutionized sports medicine. The Tommy John surgery pioneer lived a life of service and humility.
The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors, so the team would be at risk of losing them in attempting to do so. I’ve included players on multiyear deals. This list was compiled through MLBTR’s sources. Next, we’ll take a look at the NL West. Diamondbacks: Randall Delgado, Matt Tuiasosopo, Marcos Mateo (Rule 5) With the Diamondbacks beginning their season on March 22nd in Australia against the Dodgers, both teams will deal with a unique set of roster rules, as outlined by MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert last month
When Padres general manager Josh Byrnes discovered earlier this week that outfielder Cameron Maybin had a ruptured left biceps tendon, he had but one thought.
When the D-backs acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox in December, it was widely assumed that he would be the team’s closer. Whether J.J. Putz has done anything to change the equation so far is not clear.
Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has started to run on a treadmill, the latest step in a recovery from a strained left hamstring that could have him back on the field within a week.
Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That’s the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
Oscar Taveras is getting closer and closer to making his spring debut. Taveras, the Cardinals’ top prospect, has been sidelined in Spring Training as he makes his way back from surgery on his right ankle.
Although all 30 Major League clubs have been playing Spring Training games for a week, there are still a number of star players scheduled to make their spring debuts on Thursday during another full slate of action in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, including Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, who missed nearly all of 2013.
The Rangers didn’t plan on Elvis Andrus returning to action until Thursday or Friday, but after the shortstop approached manager Ron Washington and told him that he was ready to go, the club scrapped that plan and penciled him into the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies.