Sunday, April 30, 2017

MLB news: Miller, Eaton suffer season ending injuries


     Injuries are a big part of sports and life. Injuries can prevent you from doing your job. In baseball, and other sports, players miss seasons due to injuries. After players return from injury, they might not play as well as before, or might play like they never left. Even though it's only April, two MLB players are already done for 2017.

     In December of 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves made a very famous trade. The D-backs acquired then all-star pitcher Shelby Miller for big prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair, plus solid outfielder Ender Inciarte. Miller was awful in his first year in Arizona, with a 6.15 ERA in 101 innings. He struck out just 70 batters. Blair wasn't great either, but Swanson and Inciarte were very good for Atlanta. Looking to turn things around in 2017, Miller pitched 22 innings, with a 4.09 ERA, with 20 Ks. Things were looking better for Miller, but he was diagnosed with right elbow inflammation. He decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, and will miss 1 and a half years. "It's the best decision I think we can make," Miller said in a statement. "[It's] a tough day for all [of] us. We fully believe in the process that he followed, we fully believe in everything he has learned, and we're just anxious to see how the surgery goes and start the strategy to get him back and get him working and see where he takes us next year," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said.

      This offseason, there was another big trade. The Chicago White Sox sent star CF Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. The gave up a big haul for Eaton, but they believed Eaton would be the last piece needed to win a World Series. According to baseball reference, Eaton had a 6.1 WAR last season with Chicago. And he's a career .284 hitter, swiping 57 bags in 544 career games. But bad news happened quickly. Eaton started off the 2017 season with a .297 average and 3 steals. But during a game vs the New York Mets, Eaton tore his ACL. Eaton has the same injury as Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber did last year, and Schwarber missed the entire regular season.

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