Major League Baseball and the players’ union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening Day.
As part of the deal, the active limit from Sept. 1 to the end of the season would be lowered from 40 to 28 beginning next year, people familiar with the negotiations said.
There would be a maximum of 13 pitchers for most of the season and 14 from Sept. 1 on, the people said.
Royals’ Perez to miss 2019: Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, keeping the six-time All-Star off the field for the 2019 season.
The decision was made after Perez received a second opinion Tuesday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician. Perez hurt the elbow during a workout last week.
General manager Dayton Moore said, “Salvy was having no issues. He’s asymptomatic. He has wear and tear, just like any 28-year-old catcher who’s been squatting and catching since he was 12 years old. There was no warning sign or anything like that.”
Perez, 28, hit .235 last season, but he had 27 homers and drove in 80 runs. He was the MVP of the 2015 World Series.
Cam Gallagher and Meibrys Viloria are expected to share time behind the plate this season.
Briefly: San Diego outfielder Travis Jankowski will miss the first couple of months of the season after breaking a bone in his right wrist while diving to catch a flyball against Texas. … The Yankees’ Luis Severino will miss Opening Day because of an inflamed right shoulder that caused him to be scratched from his first scheduled spring training start Tuesday. Severino agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract before this season. … Minnesota third baseman Miguel Sano likely will miss the first month of the regular season, following another procedure to repair a severe cut above the heel on his right foot. … Casey Mize, the No. 1 selection in last year’s draft, was assigned to minor-league camp by the Tigers. He gave Detroit fans a glimpse of his possible future Monday, when he pitched two innings against St. Louis. Mize struck out the first two batters of a 1-2-3 seventh, then allowed a run in the eighth after walking two.
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