• The perfect marriage in sports is Theo Epstein and the Cubs
    Jeff Passan4 hours ago

    The perfect marriage in sports is Theo Epstein and the Cubs

    Cubs president of baseball operation Theo Epstein agreed to a new five-year contract worth up to $50 million. Of all Theo Epstein’s great discoveries over this last half-decade, a sense of comfort may be his best find. Theo Epstein belongs in Chicago, with the Cubs, with the burden of 108 years on his ample shoulders, with the spoils of his work bearing fruit before him, with an owner who is just the best because he doesn’t allow his fandom to spill over into meddling, with a fan base that is ready to saint him even before he takes that century-long championship drought and pulverizes it.

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    Steven Matz to undergo “imminent” elbow surgery

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media about the status of starter Steven Matz on Tuesday afternoon. Alderson said that Matz will undergo “imminent” elbow surgery to address a bone spur in the lefty’s elbow, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. Matz was expected to return this past Friday, but was scratched due to shoulder soreness.

  • Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL — he’s out for the year
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    Wilson Ramos has a torn ACL — he’s out for the year

    This is a big, big blow to the Washington Nationals: catcher Wilson Ramos is out for the year with a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury happened in the top of the sixth inning of yesterday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks when Ramos leaped to grab an errant throw and came down awkwardly. Ramos clutched and pointed at his right knee. He was unable to put any weight on it as he was helped off the field and struggled to get down the dugout steps. Today he had an MRI and Dusty Baker just delivered the news about Ramos’ ACL. The recovery time on such an injury is measured in months and sometimes even a year, meaning that the Nats will not have the services of one of their best players for the