A few notes for Wednesday:
- It now appears Sean Rodriguez will miss the entire season due to a shoulder injury resulting from his car crash in Miami. Rodriguez had surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Here’s hoping for the best in his recovery. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time and missing an entire season as a result has to feel awful for him, particularly after his breakout 2016 with the Bucs.
- Tony Watson had his arbitration hearing today, although the results aren’t yet known. Watson filed for $6 million, while the Pirates proposed $5.6 million.
- Top young Cardinals starter Alex Reyes will have Tommy John surgery. That’s a significant blow to the Cards, as Reyes was poised to make an impact in 2017 and was probably the best pitching prospect in the minors. (Now there’s no clear front-runner for that title, I’d say, and it isn’t an especially compelling field, but two Pirates prospects, Tyler Glasnow and Mitch Keller, are in the conversation, probably along with Lucas Giolito of the White Sox and Francis Martes of the Astros.)
- Neil Walker, who returned to the Mets this year after accepting a $17.2 million qualifying offer, is discussing an extension with the club. The two sides were previously discussing a deal in the range three years and $40 million, which seems reasonable for a 31-year-old coming off a good season, but that probably would have been out of the Pirates’ price range even if the Bucs hadn’t traded Walker, given the fairly strong possibility he’ll decline as he heads deeper in his thirties.