MLB notebook: Rangers right-hander Darvish to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will have season-ending, elbow ligament-replacement surgery next week.
Dr. James Andrews will operate Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., the team said.
The 28-year-old made his decision after Andrews reviewed images of his right elbow. Two other doctors recommended Tommy John surgery, which likely will sideline Darvish until early next season.
An MRI last week revealed partially torn ligaments and inflammation after Darvish felt tightness in his triceps while warming up for his spring training debut. He pitched one inning with the discomfort.
Moncada headed to minors
Yoan Moncada finalized a contract for a record $31.5 million signing bonus with the Red Sox, and the 19-year-old Yoan Moncada likely will start his minor league career at Greenville of the Class A South Atlantic League.
Moncada was in uniform Thursday at the Red Sox minor league camp in Fort Myers, even before the agreement was announced. He said he feels most comfortable at second base, the position he played last year in Cuba with Cienfuegos. He hit .273 with a team-high 13 extra-base hits in 45 games.
He could remain at extended spring training before reporting to a minor league team.
Around the league
Nationals closer Drew Storen underwent wrist surgery on his nonpitching hand and is expected to be ready for Opening Day. … Veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis is ending his comeback bid and will retire at 33. He was in the Brewers camp on a minor-league contract. … The Brewers banned high fives to avoid the spread of pink eye during spring training. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz contracted pink eye Thursday. … The Mets and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former top team executive who claimed she was fired because she had a child without being married.