Alek Manoah

Alek Manoah

Height: 6-6
Weight: 285 lbs
Age: 26
Toronto Blue Jays

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The ScoreBlue Jays' Manoah to miss 12-14 months after UCL surgery

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah underwent a hybrid UCL replacement surgery with an internal brace procedure Monday, manager John Schneider said Tuesday, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.The team added that Manoah's recovery timetable is expected to be 12-14 months, per Scott Mitchell of TSN.The 26-year-old plans to do his rehab in Toronto and will be back with the club over the next few days, according to Davidi.Manoah exited a start against the Chicago White Sox on May 29 with right elbow discomfort.The 2022 AL Cy Young finalist posted a 3.70 ERA with 1.03 WHIP and 26 strikeouts over 24 1/3 innings (five starts) this season. Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024

RotowireAlek Manoah: Set for internal brace surgery

Manoah won't require a traditional Tommy John surgery and is instead slated to undergo a hybrid internal brace procedure Monday to repair the sprained UCL in his right elbow, Shi Davidi of reports.

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Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024

The ScoreThe robots are coming and MLBers prefer a challenge

TORONTO - Tyler Glasnow loved his first experience with the automatic ball-strike system.The Dodgers right-hander got a firsthand glimpse of the ABS challenge system currently being tested in the minor leagues during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham last season."I thought it was so cool," Glasnow told theScore. "I think it's just more like entertainment value. That was, like, the loudest the crowd got - when there was a challenge."ABS, also known as "robot umps," uses the Hawk-Eye tracking system - similar to tennis - to accurately call balls and strikes. Umpires wear an earpiece and are instructed of the call in real time."I've seen a couple of the minor-league games with the challenge system," Yankees star Aaron Judge said. "It's pretty cool how they can do that."I've been to the US Open a couple times and have seen that system."For those reluctant to embrace a fully automated zone, the challenge system is viewed as a compromise. An umpire still stands behind the plate making their own calls on balls and strikes. Players, however, have the ability to challenge a call in real time. Teams are issued three challenges per game, and they retain their challenge if they're proven correct. If a batter, pitcher, or catcher believes the umpire made an incorrect call, they'll signal they want to challenge. The challenge call must come right away, and only from players involved in the plate appearance. The ball-tracking technology flashes on the scoreboard almost immediately, giving a ruling. Interesting turn of events here in Sacramento as Marco Luciano got rung up on a called third strike. He called for the ABS challenge, the review was done within 10 seconds, and was called a ball by the slimmest of margins. I want the ABS challenge system in MLB. Giant Prospective (@giantprospectiv) March 31, 2024 "Everyone was locked in. It was so fast - five seconds," Glasnow said."I also think it would be more beneficial to the umpires than they would think. It could be the one time in the game where they can be like, 'I told you so.'"Every six-game Triple-A series this season splits between full ABS and the challenge system. Orioles ace Corbin Burnes sits on the competition committee and says there's been much talk in the Baltimore clubhouse about ABS' potential future implementation. He believes the challenge system is by far the preferred option among players."I don't think there's a place in our game for full ABS," Burnes told theScore. "A lot of guys like the human element of it. There's gamesmanship behind the plate with the catchers stealing strikes, and a lot of guys have a lot of value to a team with that type of skill set."The challenge system is probably something that I think we can benefit from. You don't need a robot ump for every pitch in the game. It's more about the big pitches that can change the course of the game, change an at-bat."A perfect example of what the challenge system could prevent happened last week in San Diego. Padres infielder Jake Cronenworth was called out to end the game on a strike-three call that was off the plate. Had the challenge system been in place, Cronenworth could have used it to keep the plate appearance alive (provided he had a challenge to use). That's a TOUGH way to end a baseball game Dillard Barnhart (@BarnHasSpoken2) June 7, 2024 Baseball SavantBurnes doesn't believe ABS is close to coming to MLB, despite two years of testing. He references Rob Manfred's May comments, when the commissioner said it's unlikely MLB incorporates ABS by 2025. Manfred cited "technical issues," and while there's been some progress, he believes more work is needed before it's MLB ready."I think it'd be the best way to go about it," Twins shortstop Carlos Correa said of the challenge system. "A lot of people talk about the robot umpires and all that, (but) I think the human factor still is important to the game. We all make mistakes; players, umpires, everybody. I think if you can correct those with a challenge system, I think that would be fine. We need to figure out how the logistics will work with that. It sounds like it's working in Triple-A."'It doesn't play any favorites' Jason Miller / Getty Images Sport / GettyYou won't find someone more supportive of the ABS system than Blue Jay Davis Schneider."Oh, I love it," Schneider told theScore. "As a hitter, it's the best, because you get the true outcome of what (the pitch) should be."I believe it should be here, the challenge system at least, because it doesn't play any favorites. If you think you got a call right, challenge it."Like the current challenge system in MLB with calls on the bases, there's strategy that can be used. Players can be cautious about using a challenge early in a game for fear they might lose it, often preferring to keep them for higher-leverage situations, when the outcome of the plate appearance weighs heavier on the game's result."You kind of have to pick and choose when, because you don't want to waste one early and then have that come back and bite you," Schneider said.Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah got his first experience with ABS earlier this season while rehabbing in Florida. He admitted to being completely caught off guard by the challenge system."Those kids were challenging every call and I was like, 'What the heck is going on?'" Manoah said. "It was weird. It's kind of like a video game. It's really not like baseball."You only get three challenges, so it's tricky. You don't want to sit there and challenge every call. Luckily, I won the first two (I used), but that would have been super selfish of me if I would have lost the first two in the first inning. Those are things I thought about after the fact. In the moment, I know that's a strike - 'challenge.' But if I would have been wrong, you say, 'Shoot, now we're down to one with eight innings left.'" After the four consecutive walks, Alek Manoah strikes out a batter, generates a sac fly, and then strikes out another batter.He also got to use the challenge system! Ryley Delaney (@Ryley_L_D) April 7, 2024 Burnes says he doesn't know where the ideal place to experiment with new rules is. The Arizona Fall League provides too small a sample size. The minor leagues, at least, allows testing to be done in an extended way, including when games are meaningful. MLB and MiLB players playing under different rules can create issues for some minor leaguers when they make the jump to the big leagues, though."There's a lot of things that we caution with the rules committee when we're on the phone calls," Burnes said. "It's like, you're running the tests for MLB in the minor leagues."Going from a "perfect" strike zone in the minors to the human element of MLB with varying zones has caused some younger players to struggle to adapt."They come up from Triple-A and they're like, 'Wow, this feels like a completely different game,' just because of how small the zone is down there," Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. told theScore. "It's kind of a bigger change than they think.""Last year, coming from ABS to (MLB), you realize how many mistakes umpires do make, in the zone and out of the zone," Schneider said.Toronto prospect Addison Barger posted a 1.021 OPS and 21% strikeout rates in the minors prior to being called up in April. He went 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in five MLB games before being sent back down."(The strike zone) is the biggest adjustment," Barger said. "I don't know if you're learning that strike zone again, but maybe just take a little more chances on the pitches that are the fringy pitches, that may be a ball in Triple-A - they're probably strikes here. It made me be a little more aggressive in the zone, and outside the zone a little bit. You can't be as passive on the pitches on the corners."It's not uncommon for young hitters to struggle once they reach the majors. This season's sample is small, and it's tough to compare different rookie classes because there's such a disproportionate amount of talent, but rookies are putting up a lower overall average, OBP, slugging, and wRC+ in 2024 than the previous two seasons (through June 10):!function(){"use strict";window.addEventListener("message",(function(a){if(void 0!["datawrapper-height"]){var e=document.querySelectorAll("iframe");for(var t in["datawrapper-height"])for(var r=0;r

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Tuesday, Jun 11, 2024

The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: Reds rolling, Cubs can't beat NL Central

Welcome to the sixth edition of theScore's MLB Power Rankings for the 2024 regular season. The last edition was published May 27. 1. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 45-20 7-3 +108 1 (-) Remarkably, the Phillies have four of the National League's top seven starting pitchers in ERA. As established stars, Zack Wheeler's and Aaron Nola's performances aren't surprising. However, the reliability of left-handers Cristopher S nchez and Ranger Su rez has given the Phillies a huge boost. Philadelphia's rotation leads MLB in fWAR by a significant margin.2. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 46-21 8-2 +111 2 (-) Winning has become a habit again in the Bronx, with the Yankees owning the best record in the AL despite playing without Gerrit Cole, who's pitching on a rehab assignment and close to returning. The Aaron Judge and Juan Soto combination is one of baseball's best, Anthony Volpe continues to blossom into a star, and Giancarlo Stanton is hitting bombs on the regular like his old self.3. Baltimore Orioles Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 42-22 7-3 +101 3 (-) Despite losing John Means and Tyler Wells to season-ending injuries, the Orioles keep on rolling. A 9-4 run against the AL East bottom-feeders, thanks in large part to stellar starting pitching from the remaining staff, kept Baltimore within 2.5 games of the first-place Yankees. That makes the upcoming nine-game stretch against the Braves, Phillies, and Yankees all the more important.4. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 41-26 6-4 +92 4 (-) The Dodgers went to the Bronx and took two of three from the powerhouse Yankees, who played the series without Juan Soto. Teoscar Hern ndez was terrific and has been a tremendous signing for Los Angeles. He leads the team with 16 home runs and 48 RBIs. Not bad for a player that signed a one-year deal. 5. Cleveland Guardians Jason Miller / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 42-22 6-4 +90 5 (-) The Guardians still own the AL's second-best record and third-best run differential thanks to Jos Ram rez. The majors' RBI leader has completely shaken off his slow start, sporting a 1.097 OPS over the last 30 days. He's allowed the Guardians to stay four games up on the Royals during their recent rocky stretch, and he kept the offense going while Steven Kwan was on the injured list.6. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 38-27 6-4 +61 8 (+2) The Brewers welcomed former manager Craig Counsell back to Milwaukee by taking three of four from the Cubs to end May. The team has won eight of 13 since Memorial Day. Its bats - long the team's Achilles' heel - are leading the way, as Milwaukee owns the NL's third-highest scoring offense, behind the Phillies and Dodgers, despite cooling off a bit in June.7. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 39-27 5-5 +76 7 (-) It's no coincidence that the Royals regained their relevance right as Bobby Witt Jr. truly began his ascent to superstardom. The 23-year-old leads the AL in batting (.320), hits (85), and runs (56), and he put up a .969 OPS over the last two weeks. Between Witt and the Royals' surprisingly excellent pitching staff, it's becoming very clear that they're not going anywhere.8. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 35-28 4-6 +31 6 (-2) Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos acquired three outfielders in 2021 after Ronald Acu a Jr. suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the club went on to win the World Series. Acu a is out for the season again, and Anthopoulos will likely need to address the outfield in some way. Atlanta's outfielders rank 21st in wRC+ and tied for 26th in home runs.9. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 37-30 6-4 +6 11 (+2) It's hard to know what to make of the Mariners. An elite group of starting pitchers has propelled Seattle to a five-game lead in the AL West, yet thanks to a porous offense - no active qualified Mariners hitter owns an OPS above .700, and only Cal Raleigh's crossed the 10-HR mark - its run differential is barely above water. They need a massive offensive turnaround to be taken seriously.10. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 34-35 4-6 +19 9 (-1) Inconsistent play and injuries to key players continue to plague the Padres, who are hovering around .500 despite a talented and expensive squad. Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove recently hit the IL, leading to trade speculation surrounding White Sox ace Garrett Crochet. Matt Waldron (0.93 ERA, 16 K, 19 1/3 IP) and Michael King (1.06 ERA, 16 K, 17 IP) are carrying the load over their last three starts. 11. Cincinnati Reds Jeff Dean / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 32-34 8-2 +15 23 (+12) Jeimer Candelario is starting to heat up. The Reds signed him to a three-year, $45-million contract in the offseason, but he struggled in April, hitting just .190 with two home runs. Over the last 13 games, though, Candelario has gone deep four times and settled in nicely as the No. 3 hitter in Cincinnati's lineup.12. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 34-31 4-6 -6 10 (-2) Royce Lewis is back. The oft-injured third baseman returned from a lengthy absence due to a strained quad and proceeded to hit home runs in his first two games. Lewis is a special talent who can carry a lineup for an extended stretch. Now he just has to find a way to stay on the field.13. Boston Red Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 33-33 5-5 +30 13 (-) Boston hasn't been more than two games above or below .500 since May 5. A lot of that has to do with unrelenting injuries. The team's lineup Sunday against the White Sox featured a combined $9.8-million salary for 2024, with Rob Refsnyder ($1.85 million) the highest-paid position player to start. Six of the team's 10 highest-paid players are currently on the IL, while Rafael Devers and Tyler O'Neill are also dealing with injuries.14. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 31-34 5-5 +13 16 (+2) Injuries continue to bite the Rangers. Shortstop Corey Seager's been out of the lineup with a recurring hamstring issue, and rookies Evan Carter and Wyatt Langford have missed stretches. The Rangers are middle of the pack in runs scored and home runs after finishing top four in MLB in both last season.15. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 31-35 6-4 -13 15 (-) The D-Backs might want to count their blessings there are three wild-card spots, otherwise they might already be out of playoff contention and poised to sell at next month's trade deadline. Arizona is one game out of the last playoff spot despite being four games under .500. The D-Backs were last season's third wild-card team and ended up winning the NL championship, so maybe it's right where they want to be.16. Houston Astros Logan Riely / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 30-36 6-4 +6 19 (+3) Bad luck continued for the Astros with Cristian Javier and Jos Urquidy undergoing Tommy John surgery and star outfielder Kyle Tucker going on the IL. Houston hasn't wavered, however, winning 10 of 14. Despite almost everything going wrong, the Astros sit 6.5 games out of the AL West lead and 4.5 games back of a playoff spot.17. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 32-34 4-6 -14 12 (-5) The Cubs are 14-22 since the beginning of May, tumbling down the standings in the NL Central. Chicago's been awful within its own division, going 8-15. The team is 2-5 against the Reds, 3-4 against the Brewers and Pirates, and 0-2 against the Cardinals, with a minus-15 run differential in those games. 18. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 32-34 3-7 -28 14 (-4) Outfielder Heliot Ramos is looking like one of the breakout stars of 2024. The 24-year-old's been tearing the cover off the ball, with four home runs and 14 RBIs over his last 13 games. Ramos has a 58% hard-hit rate and plays above-average defense in left field. The 2017 first-round pick looks like a linchpin in San Francisco.19. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 32-33 6-4 -35 22 (+3) The Blue Jays are 14-8 since GM Ross Atkins said there was a "massive sense of urgency" to turn around the season. Those comments also coincided with the team entering the softest part of its schedule. While that's certainly an improvement after a horrible start, Toronto would still miss the playoffs if the season ended today. Losing Alek Manoah for the year because of elbow surgery leaves a void in the rotation, and Toronto must do something about a bullpen that ranks 29th in ERA and 30th in home runs allowed.20. Pittsburgh Pirates Justin Berl / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 31-34 6-4 -23 21 (+1) Rookie phenoms Jared Jones and Paul Skenes have dominated the headlines in Pittsburgh, but Mitch Keller's recent upswing is a very encouraging development. Keller is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 20 strikeouts against just three walks over his last three starts. The Pirates signed Keller to a five-year, $77-million extension in the offseason, and he's rewarding that investment so far in 2024.21. Detroit Tigers Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 32-33 5-5 -6 18 (-3) Tarik Skubal is giving the Tigers a fighting chance every five days. After Sunday's latest gem against the Brewers, he owns a sparkling 1.92 ERA with 96 strikeouts and an AL-low 0.89 WHIP. It's too bad that Detroit's woeful offense is not only wasting Skubal's Cy Young-caliber season, but preventing the Tigers from truly taking the next steps to contention.22. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 31-33 4-6 -40 17 (-5) The Cardinals have scuffled a bit after ending last month winning seven of nine. They haven't won a series in June despite Nolan Gorman putting up ridiculous numbers (.604 SLG, six homers, 11 RBIs in his last 14 games). Starting pitching's been a problem of late, with the Cardinals rotation responsible for a 5.19 ERA in June, which sits 21st in the league.23. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 31-34 5-5 -62 20 (-3) Everything's continuing to go wrong for the Rays, who only scored five runs in three losses to Baltimore over the weekend. Harold Ram rez was DFA'd a season removed from posting an .813 OPS. The bullpen remains a mess but at least Pete Fairbanks no longer is an "all-encompassing type of suck." He's thrown 13 scoreless innings since coming off the IL, striking out 13 and walking just two.24. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 28-36 6-4 -33 24 (-) The Mets continue to Mets. New York's spent the past couple of weeks in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after poorly handling the Jorge L pez situation, demoting Christian Scott, and having former player Paul Sewald rip the fanbase. Owner Steve Cohen thinks Mets fans "have been through worse," and still remains hopeful for a turnaround despite his club owning the NL's third-worst record.25. Washington Nationals Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves / Getty Images Sport / Getty Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 30-35 4-6 -20 25 (-) Jake Irvin's sophomore breakout's been a pleasant surprise. The 27-year-old owns a 3.12 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 12 starts after posting marks of 4.61 and 1.42 in those categories during his rookie campaign. Irvin's been particularly sharp lately, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 20 strikeouts across 18 innings over three starts.26. Los Angeles Angels Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 25-40 4-6 -60 26 (-) There hasn't been too much good to go around for the last-place Angels, but Tyler Anderson looks like a trade candidate ahead of next month's deadline. The southpaw owns a 2.63 ERA and could net the Angels some nice future pieces if dealt. He's owed the remainder of his $13-million salary for this season, and another $13 million next year.27. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 26-41 3-7 -75 28 (+1) The A's have had some strong pitching performances of late. Despite posting an ERA above seven in Triple-A this season, left-hander Hogan Harris looked very comfortable pitching against big leaguers, posting a 0.77 ERA over his last two starts and a 2.21 overall mark in four appearances.28. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 22-43 3-7 -98 27 (-1) The Marlins lost yet another pitcher when Ryan Weathers - the team's leader in ERA and strikeouts - landed on the IL on Saturday with a finger issue. Weathers' injury came during a 1-7 stretch to start June and four days after the team ate over $24 million in order to DFA outfielder Avisa l Garc a.29. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 23-42 3-7 -102 29 (-) We're starting to get a look at some potential cornerstones for the Rockies after they called up top prospect Adael Amador over the weekend. The youngster recorded a hit in his first at-bat and also stole a base during his debut. He should make an exciting double-play tandem with Ezequiel Tovar, who continues to have an impressive sophomore campaign (.812 OPS, 31 extra-base hits, four steals).30. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous rank 17-49 2-8 -144 30 (-) Chicago snapped its 14-game losing streak and managed to split a series with the visiting Red Sox. It was the first time in seven tries that the club didn't lose a series, so there are some signs of progress. Some of the under-the-radar offseason signings are putting together solid seasons. Paul DeJong's homered five times in his last 13 games, while Erick Fedde owns a 3.27 ERA in 13 starts.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Jun 10, 2024

CBS SportsAlek Manoah injury: Blue Jays righty to undergo elbow surgery, out for rest of 2024 season

Manoah exited his May 29 start with elbow discomfort.

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Friday, Jun 7, 2024