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Texas Rangers’ Kyle Gibson goes on 10-day IL with groin issue

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Texas Rangers placed right-hander Kyle Gibson on the 10-day injured list Tuesday because of a right groin strain that he had been dealing with for several games.

The move was retroactive to Saturday, the day after Gibson (3-0, 2.24 in MLB-high 10 starts) made his last start.

Right-handed reliever Hunter Wood was also put on the injured list with right elbow discomfort. Left-hander Wes Benjamin and right-hander Demarcus Evans were recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Manager Chris Woodward said he didn’t anticipate Gibson being out too long. His next start could be June 4 against Tampa Bay, when the Rangers return home after their nine-game road trip that started Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

“It’s not that big of an issue. It’s just probably miss one start,” Woodward said. “It’ll be basically just skipping a start, and then moving him back a couple of days for his next one.”

Gibson would be eligible to come off the injured list June 1, the day the Rangers open a three-game interleague series at Colorado. But Woodward said it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for Gibson to come off an injury and pitch in a National League game in his first game back, and have to bat.

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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon to have season-ending surgery

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Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon will have season-ending surgery to repair a right hip impingement, the team announced Wednesday.

Rendon was placed on the injured list for the third time this season on July 6.

He struggled with injuries and inconsistent production at the plate throughout the second season of a seven-year, $245 million contract he signed as a free agent to join the Angels after winning the World Series in a career year with Washington in 2019.

The slugger played in just 58 games this season, batting a career-low .240 with six home runs — just three since May 3 — and 34 RBIs. He was 11-for-47 with two home runs in his final 13 games before his latest injury.

Rendon missed 11 games in April with a groin strain. He missed nine games in May with a bruise after fouling a ball off his left knee.

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever John Axford’s season over after 1 game due to significant elbow damage

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers‘ pitching staff has taken two more hits with John Axford now out for the season with elbow trouble and Eric Lauer joining the team’s growing COVID-19 injured list.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Axford has significant elbow damage and is going over his options after an injury foiled the 38-year-old’s comeback attempt.

“He was climbing a tall hill,” Counsell said. “What he was doing was really hard to do. He got really far up the hill and then the last part just ended up being too tough.”

The former Brewers closer retired just one of the five batters he faced Monday before leaving with elbow pain in his first major league appearance since 2018.

Axford played for the Brewers from 2009 to 2013 and still owns the franchise’s single-season saves record with 46 in 2011. He started this season on the Toronto Blue Jays’ broadcast crew but signed a minor league contract with them after pitching well for Team Canada in an Olympic qualifier.

The NL Central-leading Brewers acquired Axford on Monday and used him in the ninth inning of a 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s when Axford’s elbow started giving him problems.

Lauer started Monday’s game and threw five shutout innings to continue his solid season. He has allowed just five runs over his last 31⅓ innings but now must sit out at least 10 days due to his positive test.

Counsell said Lauer isn’t experiencing symptoms.

Lauer joins All-Star closer Josh Hader, relievers Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland, outfielder Christian Yelich and first baseman Keston Hiura on the COVID-19 injured list. Gustave is on there due to contact tracing. The rest tested positive.

Yelich could return in time for this weekend’s series with the San Francisco Giants.

“I’m looking forward to the day when we can get these guys back, for sure,” Counsell said.

The Brewers added right-handed pitcher Sal Romano to the active roster after claiming him off waivers from the New York Yankees.

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2022 MLB schedule — All teams will start season on March 31 if there’s no work stoppage

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball will open the 2022 season on March 31 — as long as there isn’t a work stoppage — and will try for the fourth time to have every team play its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968.

The league released the full schedule on Wednesday. NL openers have the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers, Washington Nationals at the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres.

AL openers will have the Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins at the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Guardians, the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees at Texas Rangers.

In the one interleague opener, Philadelphia is at Houston.

The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players’ association expires Dec. 1. Given the acrimonious relationship between the sides, a lockout or strike appears possible. Baseball has not had a work stoppage since a 7½-month strike in 1994-95 that caused the first cancelation of the World Series in 90 years.

MLB tried to have all 30 clubs play on the same Opening Day for three of the past four seasons. Pittsburgh at Detroit and Washington at Cincinnati were rained out in 2018.

For 2019, Seattle and Oakland started ahead of other teams with a two-game series in Tokyo. The start of the 2020 season was delayed to July 23 due to the pandemic, and the only game on opening night had the Yankees at Washington.

When MLB tried again this year, the Mets’ game in Washington — a prime pitching matchup between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer — was postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak. Baltimore’s game at Boston was postponed because rain was in the forecast.

Home openers for teams starting on the road are set for April 4, when the Royals host the White Sox, the Blue Jays host the Rays, the Cubs host the Cardinals and the Nationals host the Phillies.

April 7 home openers have the Yankees host the Red Sox, the Angels host the Astros, the Twins host the Mariners, the Diamondbacks host the Padres, the Cardinals host the Pirates and the Braves host the Reds.

Remaining home openers are April 8, with the the Tigers home against the White Sox, the Rays home against the Orioles, the Phillies home against the Athletics, the Rockies home against the Dodgers and the Giants home against the Marlins.

Interleague play has the AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West and AL West vs. NL East. The Cubs play at Yankee Stadium from June 10-12 and the Red Sox are at Wrigley Field from July 1-3.

The Mets host the Yankees, observing the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Every team is scheduled to play on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, which falls on a Friday.

A day-night doubleheader is in the original schedule, with the Tigers at the Twins on July 23.

The All-Star Game will be at Dodger Stadium on July 19, its latest date since 1981 when it was played on Aug. 9 following a players’ strike. The 2020 All-Star Game was supposed to be at Dodger Stadium but was canceled due to the pandemic.

The only game on July 21, the start of the second half, has the Dodgers hosting the Giants.

The regular season is scheduled to end on Oct. 2.

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