Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Marlins' closer candidate out for year

JUPITER — The Marlins' fears about Carter Capps' elbow were realized, and the hard-throwing reliever was set to have season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

That came a day after famed sports surgeon James Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis of Marlins team doctor Lee Kaplan that Capps has a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow. Andrews was to perform surgery in Gulf Breeze, near Pensacola.

Capps has missed time in each of the past two seasons with elbow issues. He was examined by Andrews in 2014, but surgery was not necessary then. He missed the final two months of the 2015 season with an elbow sprain.

"Carter, last year was as dominant when he was in there as it gets," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We were talking about him in the closer role, him and A.J. (Ramos competing), kind of seeing where that went. We won't be talking about that. It's a loss, but we've got to move forward.

"We've got some guys with power arms. It opens up that opportunity for guys. But it's definitely a loss."

Capps, 25, with a fastball that averages 98 mph and an unusual delivery that makes him more confounding, was nearly unhittable over about 21/2 months last season. Working in a setup role, he posted a 1.16 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP, striking out 58 batters in 31 innings before the injury surfaced Aug. 2.

Also, Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton was out of the lineup for the second straight day with soreness in his right knee.

O'S SIGN SLUGGER: Infielder Pedro Alvarez and the Orioles agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract. Baltimore likely will give Alvarez the bulk of his playing time at DH. His arrival probably means Mark Trumbo will play rightfield. Alvarez, 29, batted .243 with a .318 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage with the Pirates last season and is .236/.309/.441 over six, all with Pittsburgh.

BOSOX PROSPECT IN FIGHT: Top Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech, a right-handed pitcher and 2014 first-round draft pick, suffered a small fracture of his right hand during what the team described as an "altercation" with his roommate a few days earlier, Boston general manager Mike Hazen said. The incident comes six months after Kopech finished serving a 50-game suspension for violating the minor-league drug policy.

GAME AT FORT BRAGG: The Braves and Marlins will play on the U.S. military base at Fort Bragg, N.C., on July 3 in a 12,500-capacity ballpark to be built with funding by Major League Baseball and the players' association. The ballpark will then be converted to a softball field.

CARDINALS: The team postponed the second opinion on All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta's injured left thumb until today. Peralta remained in Jupiter and didn't specify why he had not gone to St. Louis for an additional exam. … Catcher Yadier Molina hit off a tee for the first time this spring, a big step in his recovery from a pair of thumb surgeries,

CUBS: NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta said he has talked with the team about a long-term contract. The right-hander, 30, went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA last season and agreed last month to a $10.7 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration.

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