The Indians announced they’ve placed catcher Austin Hedges on the seven-day concussion injured list. Veteran backstop Ryan Lavarnway has been selected to the roster to pair with René Rivera in Hedges’ absence. To create 40-man roster space for Lavarnway, Cleveland transferred outfielder Jordan Luplow from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list. Lavarnway, who’ll get the start behind the
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We’ve seen plenty of young All-Stars over the years, but this trio could still set two notable marks. The youngest leading vote-getter Either Guerrero, Acuña or Tatis would be the youngest leading vote-getter since voting was returned to the fans in 1970. Four players have been the top overall vote-getter and been 24 years old
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ATLANTA — There might be time for the Braves to be better than they have been. But as their struggles mount and they repeatedly taste late-inning frustrations, they have to face the fact they are who they have been for this season’s first 11 weeks. Attempts to remain optimistic became even more challenging as the
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Major League Baseball has updated its COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated Tiers 1 and 2 personnel (including players and coaches), reports Britt Ghiroli of the Athletic (Twitter link). Most notably, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be tested for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms of or have been exposed to the virus. The handling of fully
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Here’s a look at Wednesday’s top Minor League performers from each team’s Top 30 Prospects list: Rays: Wander Franco, SS (MLB No. 1), Triple-A DurhamFranco is having exactly the type of month you’d expect from the game’s top prospect, with hits in all 13 games and a healthy dose of extra-base knocks. He added to
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Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen addressed the team’s general plans for the July 30 trade deadline this morning with 98.7 FM Arizona Sports (h/t to Zach Buchanan of the Athletic). Unsurprisingly, he confirmed the 20-48 club has been fielding offers from contenders with the trade deadline coming up. The Diamondbacks will almost certainly move some veteran players for
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ATLANTA — Any lingering fears of Tucker Davidson possibly needing Tommy John surgery were erased on Wednesday, when an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his left arm. Braves manager Brian Snitker said the imaging results showed Davidson is simply dealing with a left forearm strain. The southpaw will be shut down for 10
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The Cubs announced a series of moves before tonight’s game against the Mets. Robert Stock was selected to the roster, while Cory Abbott was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Dillon Maples was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 15, with a right triceps strain, and Trevor Megill was optioned to Iowa. To create 40-man roster space for
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Some stability in the ranks. For only the second time this season, we have a repeat selection at the top of the Rookie Power Rankings. Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers continues to dominate on the bump as Major League Baseball heads toward the season’s midpoint, thus solidifying his place as the player most likely to claim
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Using Pitch Speed to Tweak Hard-Hit Rate by Alex Chamberlain June 16, 2021 On May 17, Chicago White Sox legend Yermín Mercedes hit the sixth home run of his stellar, albeit wilting, nevertheless unlikely, rookie campaign. A mammoth blast over the center field wall of Target Field, the home run sparked — in equal parts,
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The Padres are sending left-hander Ryan Weathers to Triple-A, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee.  Weathers will be stretched out again as a regular starter in the minors, though his next call-up to the big leagues could be to fill a hole in either the rotation or the bullpen. The news represents a
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The Yankees collected a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays last night, though New York’s 34-32 record is still well below the team’s expectations.  General manager Brian Cashman was blunt in speaking to reporters (including Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News) prior to yesterday’s game, saying that “Talk is cheap.  No one really
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MLB Announces a Crackdown on Foreign Substances by Ben Clemens June 16, 2021 One of the bigger on-field stories of the 2021 season has been which pitchers are using foreign substances, and how much help they’re getting from it. Whether it’s Giovanny Gallegos and hat-gate, Gerrit Cole’s word salad about Spider Tack, or Trevor Bauer’s
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Tuesday’s 5-3 loss to the Dodgers was a particularly tough night for the Phillies, due to injuries to both Bryce Harper and Jean Segura.  Harper left the game in the fourth inning due to lower back tightness, while Segura came up limping after beating out a grounder to first base in the ninth.  Segura was
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18 months ago, Cole Hamels was an $18MM pitcher.  Back in December 2019, the Braves signed the veteran southpaw to a one-year contract, just shy of his 36th birthday.  Atlanta headed into Spring Training with Hamels, Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz as rotation locks, with Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez, and others competing for the fifth
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ATLANTA — Chipper Jones understands why MLB will begin enhancing enforcement of its rules against pitchers applying foreign substances to baseballs. “People always used rosin and a little bit of spit,” Jones said. “That should be enough to give you enough of a grip to be able to control the baseball. But I think we’re
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It’s Moving Week across the Minor Leagues. In the last few days alone, Top 100 prospects Spencer Torkelson, Hunter Greene, Cade Cavalli and Shane Baz have each been promoted to new levels within the Minors following dominant starts to the 2021 season. Before them, Grayson Rodriguez and Francisco Álvarez also received bumps up the ladder
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The Marlins are planning to recall outfield prospect Jesús Sánchez from Triple-A Jacksonville, reports Craig Mish of SportsGrid (Twitter link). The 23-year-old is in line for his first opportunity at the major league level in 2021. Sánchez originally signed with the Rays and posted huge numbers at the minors’ lowest levels. He entered the 2018 season as
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