The first story of the day comes from Surprise, AZ, home of the Texas Rangers for the month of March. Unfortunately for you, the irony is too easy here, in the fact that this story should come as no surprise at all. Unfortunately for Yu, the story is season-ending Tommy John surgery. Wow. Too many awful puns for a Saturday morning. Never again, I promise.
Yu Darvish Decides to Undergo Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery
I said it on the Fantasy Team Advice podcast with Joe DiRienzo, but this is the smartest move for Darvish. He had somewhat of a down year in 2014, by his standards. Let me pause for a second and acknowledge the fact that a 3.06 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 144 innings is nothing to balk at. It’s a good season, but when we put it up against his absolutely earth-shattering 2013 season (2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 209 IP), it’s fair to say that we witnessed a bit of a dip in Darvish’s stock. It’s especially apparent when you consider that the reason he only pitched 144 innings in 2014 was the fact that he battled injuries for much of the second half of the season.
You can’t fault someone for battling through an injury, and suffering performance-wise because of it. But as soon as I heard that Tommy John was a possibility for Darvish, I knew he’d be out for the year. He has two years after this season left on his current contract with the Rangers, and he’ll be 31 when that deal expires. He will certainly be looking for that one last major payday, and he won’t maximize the investment in himself if he doesn’t play one (and ideally two) great seasons leading up to 2018. Throw in the fact that about 85% of Tommy John recipients come back a similar, and often better, version of themselves (Matt Harvey, anyone?) and all signs pointed to Darvish sitting this one out and taking his chances with two good years when he returns. There’s absolutely zero sense in trying to battle through a UCL injury this year if it could mean that he would never again be what he was in 2013.
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, ANTREL.
Free agent safety Antrel Rolle had a decision to make this offseason, and it came down to two final choices: to play for the Bears, or to play for the Redskins. Now, you can’t help but sympathize with the poor guy. It is an extremely tough decision, and he asked God for a sign to help him come to a conclusion.
On one hand, you have organization A: This organization is steeped in rich history, has traditionally prided itself on playing great defense, hasn’t been playing any defense as of late, and has a quarterback that no one trusts. Then there is organization B: This organization is steeped in rich history, has traditionally prided itself on playing great defense, hasn’t been playing any defense as of late, and has a quarterback that no one trusts. It’s only natural
then, that the decision came down to the flip of a — wait, what? An email from Orbitz.com decided where he signed? You’re joking, right?
Brewers Get Rampant Pink Eye
I had fun writing that headline. It’s exactly what it sounds like. Chaos in Milwaukee. So much so, that they’ve banned high fives. Can you get pink eye from ass slaps?
Check out the Lettuce on Mike Napoli
SERIOUSLY. LOOK AT IT.