Redskins QB reportedly dealing with post-surgery problem ...Giants’ Collins placed on IR... Indians ink deal with Carrasco
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins are asking for privacy for Alex Smith and his family amid reports the quarterback is dealing with complications from surgery to repair a broken leg. The team says it appreciates concerns about Smith’s injury that occurred Nov. 18 against Houston and that the 34-year-old and his family remain strong. Smith had surgery to repair a broken right tibia and fibula. Reports say he’s battling an infection in the leg.
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Giants have placed two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Collins was hurt Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will need surgery to repair a partially torn labrum. The Giants signed defensive back Kenny Ladler off their practice squad to fill the roster spot. Collins was the Giants’ leading tackler in each of his first three seasons. He led the team this year with 96 tackles.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have signed starter Carlos Carrasco to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. Carrasco’s deal includes a club option for 2023. Financial terms are not available. The right-hander went 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 starts last season for the AL Central champions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Owings has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, five days after the utilityman was cut loose by Arizona. Owings can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances as part of the deal: $50,000 each for 325 and each additional 25 through 500, and $100,000 for 550. The 27-year-old Owings hit .206 in 106 games this year.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have hired pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who served in the same role for NL East rival Philadelphia last season. The 60-year-old replaces Chuck Hernandez, who was not retained following Atlanta’s playoff loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kranitz joined the Phillies as bullpen coach in 2015. He was promoted him to assistant pitching coach for 2017 and took over the direction of the staff one year later.