The Mets have been ravaged by injuries this season, but it seems a few of the team’s most important players are making strides in their recoveries. Outfielder Michael Conforto and utilityman Jeff McNeil began rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse this week. Manager Luis Rojas tells reporters (including Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News) McNeil could rejoin the major league
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The Brewers announced they’ve activated second baseman Kolten Wong from the injured list and selected right-hander Zack Godley to the MLB roster. Utilityman Pablo Reyes and righty Eric Yardley were optioned to Triple-A Nashville in corresponding moves. To create space on the 40-man roster for Godley, Milwaukee designated infielder Jake Hager for assignment. Wong went on the 10-day IL on
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The Nationals announced they’ve reinstated infielder Starlin Castro from the restricted list. Also returning to the active roster is right-hander Austin Voth, who’s been on the 10-day injured list due to a broken nose. Reliever Ryne Harper was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, while outfielder Andrew Stevenson has been placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to June 17, with an
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1:40pm: The Orioles announced that Sisco has indeed been designated for assignment. The move was necessary to open a spot on the roster for right-hander Thomas Eshelman, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Norfolk. Eshelman will take the place of lefty Bruce Zimmermann and start tonight’s game for the O’s, while Zimmermann is headed
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There Are Still a Lot of Home Runs by Sara Sanchez June 18, 2021 After MLB announced they were deadening the ball for 2021, we’ve spent a lot of time chasing the effects of those changes. Devan Fink has looked at what happened to the hits that used to be home runs and compared the
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The Padres Need a First Base Upgrade by Dan Szymborski June 18, 2021 In 2020, the San Diego Padres finally had their breakout season, going 37-23 in the pandemic-shortened sprint, good enough for the third-best record in baseball. A lot of players were responsible for getting them to where they ended up, but one of
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Top 33 Prospects: Oakland Athletics by Eric Longenhagen June 18, 2021 Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Oakland Athletics. Scouting reports were compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. As there was no minor league season in 2020, there are some instances
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The Rangers Are Winning the Framing Game by Justin Choi June 18, 2021 It feels like this season, umpires are under more scrutiny than ever before. Part of that might be because we’ve grown tired of the inconsistency that comes with human umpires, while another part could be access to more information, such as data
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Effectively Wild Episode 1709: Number One With a Bullet by Ben Lindbergh June 18, 2021 Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley follow up on previous discussions about player predictions and game postponements, answer listener emails about a sticky-stuff pitcher protest, the talent level in the College World Series, the wave as a player-distraction device, a six-year-old
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Here’s a look at Thursday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Cubs: Brennen Davis, OF (MLB No. 47), Double-A TennesseeDavis broke out of a 7-for-40 start to his Double-A career with a homer and a personal-best four hits to pace Tennessee’s offense. The 21-year-old reached safely five times, scored four
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The Rockies and assistant GM Jon Weil have mutually decided to part ways, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link).  Weil has been with the organization since 2005 and in his current role since 2014, and The Denver Post’s Nick Groke writes that Weil is known league-wide as “an astute evaluator,” such as his “instrumental”
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One month to the day after Mike Trout suffered a right calf strain, his injury rehab is “going good, I feel great,” the star outfielder said as part of an in-game interview during tonight’s Tigers/Angels game (hat tip to Brent Maguire).  Trout is looking to “hopefully start some baseball activity in the next few days
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Gleyber Torres made an early exit from tonight’s game due to what the Yankees described as stiffness in his left lower back.  The shortstop will receive further examination tomorrow, when the Yankees return to the Bronx to open a three-game series with the Athletics.  Torres took an awkward fall while fielding a Bo Bichette grounder
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ATLANTA — Now that Mike Soroka has pinpointed what was ailing his surgically repaired right Achilles tendon, he can extend his long rehab process in pain-free fashion. But it’s still too early to know when the Braves hurler might pitch again. “It’s going to be something that we’re going to have to take week by
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Reds infielder Mike Moustakas has been on the injured list since May 19 due to a right heel contusion, and his recovery has now hit a setback.  Manager David Bell told reporters (including The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale) that Moustakas re-aggravated his initial injury and is back wearing a walking boot. It’s a tough turn
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The White Sox placed outfielder Adam Eaton the 10-day injured list today due to a strained right hamstring.  The placement is retroactive to June 15.  Right-hander Zack Burdi was promoted from Triple-A to take Eaton’s spot on the active roster. With Eaton sidelined, this means that Chicago’s entire projected Opening Day outfield is now on
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Tablesetter. Catalyst. Sparkplug. Guys at the top of the lineup have been saddled with many well-worn nicknames over the years, but it’s not always so easy to find true leadoff hitters these days. The role has changed over time, from when it used to only be a pure speed guy to kick things off, to
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The Cardinals announced the signing of left-hander Wade LeBlanc.  The deal is apparently a Major League contract, as LeBlanc will move directly onto the Cards’ active roster.  In corresponding moves, right-hander Seth Elledge was optioned to Triple-A, and infielder Max Moroff was moved from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL. LeBlanc is now
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The Twins have been dealt a series of injuries this season, and another pair of notable players departed last night’s game against the Mariners early. Third baseman Josh Donaldson left for precautionary reasons in the second inning with tightness in his right calf. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons came out shortly thereafter with left ankle tightness (relayed by Phil Miller
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