Herrera (foot) is "very optimistic" that he will begin spring training without any restrictions, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Herrera underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, but it doesn't sound like the issue is expected to affect his status for the start of the 2019 season. The veteran right-hander, who signed a two-year deal with the White Sox earlier in the week, should compete with Alex Colome for the closer's role this spring. Herrera posted a combined 2.44 ERA and 38:10 K:BB in 44.1 innings split between the Royals and Nationals in 2018.
Herrera (foot) signed a two-year, $18 million contract with the White Sox on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal also includes a third-year vesting option. Herrera is set to return to the AL Central, where he spent the first six and a half seasons of his career with the Royals before being traded to Washington in June of 2018. He appeared in 48 games for the Royals and Nationals last season, notching a combined 2.44 ERA and 38:10 K:BB across 44.1 innings. He notched a 2.69 FIP with the Royals, but that mark spiked to 5.68 with the Nationals, as he battled a shoulder injury in August. Herrera then underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair a torn ligament in his left foot. Given his prior experience in the ninth inning, Herrera should compete with Alex Colome for the closer's role this spring.
Herrera underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports. A timeline for Herrera's recovery hasn't been revealed, but the Nationals relayed that the reliever's procedure went as expected. The foot injury spells a disappointing end to a bounce-back campaign for Herrera, who submitted a 2.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP and notched 17 saves in 19 chances over his 48 appearances between Kansas City and Washington.
Herrera was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports. Herrera had only made two appearances since returning from a shoulder injury before going down again, getting carted off the field while covering first Sunday against the Mets. A recovery timeline has not yet been announced, but if surgery is required he will definitely miss the rest of the season. Even if he just needs to rest the foot, he'll still likely be out for the year. Ryan Madson (back) was activated in a corresponding move and could take temporary closing duties until Sean Doolittle (toe) returns from the disabled list.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez relayed that Herrera is dealing with a left foot injury and will undergo X-rays later Sunday, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Herrera suffered a serious-looking lower-leg injury when he attempted to cover first base during his appearance in Sunday's 15-0 win over the Mets. He was unable to put any weight on the leg and needed to be carted off the diamond, fueling speculation that he may have suffered an injury to his Achilles' tendon. While Martinez clarified that Herrera didn't sustain damage to his Achilles, a fractured foot apparently hasn't been ruled out just yet. The X-rays should offer more clarity on the extent of Herrera's setback, but even if no structural damage is detected, he could require a stint on the disabled list.