Mookie Betts and David Price still are members of the Boston Red Sox, and Brusdal Graterol reportedly is to blame.
The Red Sox' blockbuster three-team trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins reportedly is on hold due to Boston's concerns over Graterol's medical records: The Sox apparently now view the Twins right-hander as more of a reliever than a starter and are seeking additional compensation as a result.
That begs the obvious question: Where do Boston's concerns stem from?
Below is a brief history of Brusdal's two notable ailments since signing with Minnesota in 2014 as an international free agent.
2016: Tommy John surgery
Graterol made his professional debut in 2015 on Minnesota's Dominican Summer League team but tore his UCL after four starts, then underwent Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2016 season.
The Venezuela native returned to action in 2017 and went 4–1 with a 2.70 ERA over 10 games (seven starts) with the Gulf Coast League Twins and Elizabethton (Appalachian League) Twins.
2019: Shoulder injury
Graterol posted a 5-0 record with a 1.49 ERA over his first nine starts for Double-A Pensacola in 2019 but hit the injured list in May with a right shoulder impingement.
Here's what Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey had to say about Graterol's injury at the time, via MLB.com:
"Any time you have a shoulder injury in a young pitcher, you certainly have concern. Elbow and shoulder are the two that pop up. I think the fact that he's felt some pain and it's more significant of late, we definitely have some concern."
Graterol pitched just once between May 14 and Aug. 1 before returning to action for Pensacola in August. He earned a major-league call-up on Sept. 1 and made 10 appearances for Minnesota, primarily as a reliever: He threw no more than 25 pitches in any of those outings.
That's two significant injuries before Graterol's 22nd birthday. The young right-hander also throws very hard (occasionally hitting 100 mph on his sinker), which may explain why the Red Sox were "spooked" by his medical review, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.
The latest reports suggest this trade still will go down, but even a brief glance at Graterol's injury history reveals why the Red Sox may want a bit more in this deal.