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 Posted: Sun Apr 9th, 2017 07:09 pm
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Gary Sanchez's sophomore season has come to an early and sudden halt.
The New York Yankees announced that the young catcher has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after suffering a right biceps strain in Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game that the team will "evaluate him in a couple of days," and added that Sanchez may undergo additional tests in New York. There's no timetable for his return.
Girardi added that the Yankees will recall catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A to fill Sanchez's roster spot, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Higashioka will be active for Sunday's series finale in Baltimore.
Sanchez appeared to suffer the injury while taking a swing against Kevin Gausman in the fifth inning. He was then replaced in the at-bat by backup catcher Austin Romine. The 24-year-old phenom told ESPN's Marly Rivera that he felt his arm "pull" on the swing, and will visit a doctor early next week.
Sanchez was off to a slow start through his first four games of 2017, hitting just .167 (3-for-18) with one home run and three strikeouts.

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Melvin Upton Jr. appears to have found a new home in the National League, as the 32-year-old reportedly agreed to a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Upton, who became a free agent Sunday when he was released by the Toronto Blue Jays, is expected to report to the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, according to Feinsand.

He struggled to find his bat in spring training with the Blue Jays, slashing .194/.216/.472 in 36 exhibition at-bats. Unwilling to name Upton to their Opening Day roster, Toronto wasn't able to find a trade partner for the struggling outfielder, opting to release him instead.

Once his new deal is finalized, it will be the second time in three seasons that Upton will ply his trade in California. The veteran played 179 games with the San Diego Padres from 2015-16 before being traded to the Blue Jays last July.

In 12 seasons, he has slashed .243/.321/.402 with 164 home runs in stints with the Blue Jays, Padres, Atlanta Braves, and Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Houston Astros announced right-hander Collin McHugh will be shut down from throwing for six weeks after being diagnosed with posterior impingement of his right elbow.

McHugh had attempted to pitch in a Triple-A rehab game Thursday, but left after just one inning with discomfort in his elbow and was evaluated by team doctors Friday.

He's not expected to undergo surgery for the setback, however, as an MRI revealed that McHugh's ulnar collateral ligament appears to be normal.

Prior to the injury, McHugh was expected to shore up the middle of the Astros' rotation behind Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. In a team-high 33 starts for Houston last season, McHugh crafted a 4.34 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 184 2/3 innings. He also led the Astros in wins with 13.

McHugh had opened the 2017 season on the 10-day disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis.

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Carlos Beltran helped his Hall of Fame case Friday night by tying one of baseball's greats in the record books.

The 39-year-old veteran and Houston Astros slugger drew even with New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio for 49th on baseball's all-time RBIs list with 1,537 in the club's 5-1 loss to Kansas City, according to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

He's now six RBIs short of Harry Heilmann who sits in 47th place with 1,543.

Among active players, Beltran ranks fourth in all-time RBIs behind Albert Pujols (1,817), Adrian Beltre (1,571), and Miguel Cabrera (1,553).

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The family and I went to the Astros game yesterday against the royals and it seemed like both teams were playing with an infield shift on every at bat. I haven't followed baseball in years so it got me wondering does every infield play some type of a shift batter to batter nowadays?



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Franchise wrote: The family and I went to the Astros game yesterday against the royals and it seemed like both teams were playing with an infield shift on every at bat. I haven't followed baseball in years so it got me wondering does every infield play some type of a shift batter to batter nowadays?
Pretty much.  Some teams do it more than others, but it's gotten pretty extreme.



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srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: The family and I went to the Astros game yesterday against the royals and it seemed like both teams were playing with an infield shift on every at bat. I haven't followed baseball in years so it got me wondering does every infield play some type of a shift batter to batter nowadays?
Pretty much.  Some teams do it more than others, but it's gotten pretty extreme.


And as a result of the numerous shifts, batters try to hit the ball hard, over the infield, and strikeouts are up. Hitters would rather strikeout than hit a ground ball. 

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Rob Manfred just wants to go fast. The problem is relief pitchers.

After New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his first start of the regular season on April 3, the game became a chess game of relievers. Between the Mets and Atlanta Braves, seven relief pitchers were used to finish three innings. This is not optimal for MLB commissioner Manfred, according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.

"I've got nothing against relief pitchers," Manfred said, "but they do two things to the game: They slow the game down and our relievers have become so dominant at the back end that they actually rob action out of the end of the game."

Manfred's desire to speed up baseball can be tracked to the installation of the automatic intentional walk - though how much time that saves may be negligible. Another potential rule change would be to limit how many relievers a team can use in a single inning, though that doesn't seem likely in the near future.

"We have to accept the game is changing, maybe faster than some of us would like," he said. "Our job is how best to manage the change. My first priority is the dead time issue, especially late in the game, which we have started to address with changes such as limiting the instant replay time, waiving of the four-pitch intentional walk and (still being negotiated) limiting mound visits. After that, there may have to be a next round of changes which could affect the competition (like the limiting of relievers in one inning), some of which may not be realistic."

If such a drastic change were implemented, it would alter late-inning strategy like using lefty specialists, possibly eliminating it entirely. It would also potentially curb spending on relievers in the offseason, as well as overall roster construction.

With complete games waning in regularity - there were only 83 in 2016 - relievers have seen their roles and importance expand since the early 1980s. Gone are the days of starting pitchers throwing 300 innings in a single season.

There is no indication a reliever cap would take place anytime soon, but Manfred is committed to speed up baseball. He makes no mention, however, of providing players with horses to patrol the outfield or implementing an automatic strikeout to counter the auto-walk rule. Until another rule change is imminent, every game will go by its own set of variables.

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Otis Nixon, the 58-year-old former MLB outfielder who hadn't seen been since Saturday morning and was reported missing by his girlfriend, has been located and is safe, Woodstock Police announced Monday afternoon.

Nixon left his home around 10 a.m. Saturday to go play golf, but never showed up to his tee time. On Sunday, his girlfriend reported him missing to the police in Woodstock, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, and detectives managed to locate him after receiving a "decent number" of tips, according to Meris Lutz and Ken Sugiura from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Nixon, who spent parts of 17 seasons in the majors and helped the Atlanta Braves to consecutive National League pennants in the early nineties, battled drug issues throughout his career and has dealt with several legal problems since retiring. In 2013, Nixon was arrested after deputies allegedly found a crack pipe and crack rock in his truck following a traffic stop, and two years later he was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and permitting an unlicensed person to drive.

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lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: Franchise wrote: The family and I went to the Astros game yesterday against the royals and it seemed like both teams were playing with an infield shift on every at bat. I haven't followed baseball in years so it got me wondering does every infield play some type of a shift batter to batter nowadays?
Pretty much.  Some teams do it more than others, but it's gotten pretty extreme.


And as a result of the numerous shifts, batters try to hit the ball hard, over the infield, and strikeouts are up. Hitters would rather strikeout than hit a ground ball.

The batter should just lay down a bunt to beat the shift. Of course, this isn't exciting enough and probably breaks one of the many unwritten rules of baseball so it will never happen.

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Although the Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of their worst start in 13 years, that didn't discourage right-hander Marcus Stroman from performing a wonderful deed Monday.

The 25-year-old bought his mom a brand new car because "she deserves it," the pitcher wrote in his Instagram post.

Stroman has had a pretty successful last few weeks, pitching an absolute gem for the United States in the final of the World Baseball Classic - on his way to the event's MVP - while tossing 6 1/3 solid innings for the Blue Jays in his season debut this past Thursday.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are finally heading home, but only after a disastrous start to their 2017 season.

Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field dropped the Blue Jays to 1-5 on the young season. It's the first time they've started 1-5 out of the gate since 2004, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. That 2004 team couldn't shake off its opening slide, and went on to lose 12 of its first 16 contests en route to a 94-loss campaign.

During this season-opening road trip in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, Toronto was outscored 28-20 combined by the Orioles and Rays, lost twice in extra innings (including a walk-off walk on Saturday), and were forced to place reliever J.P. Howell on the disabled list with a shoulder issue. While Josh Donaldson homered, the team's vaunted offense was non-existent Sunday; Jose Bautista is hitting just .136 through the first six games, while catcher Russell Martin has yet to record a hit this season.

A much bigger concern after Sunday would be the health of Donaldson, who left Sunday's contest in the sixth inning due to right calf tightness. Donaldson missed a large portion of spring training thanks to a calf issue; his status going forward remains unknown.

The Blue Jays will now look to shake off the horrid start when they host the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre on Tuesday in their home opener.

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Off to a blistering start in 2017, Texas Rangers right fielder Nomar Mazara was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday, while Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto took home the honor in the National League following an equally impressive start to his season.

Mazara, the second-youngest position player in the majors, recorded multiple hits in four of his six games last week, going 10-for-24 (.417) with two doubles and two homers - including a grand slam in Friday's 10-6 victory over Oakland - while driving in nine runs.

Meanwhile, after breaking out last year, Realmuto showed no signs of slowing down early on in 2017, as the 26-year-old went 11-for-22 (.500) with two walks, one double, one triple, and a pair of homers in five games last week.

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The Washington Nationals will be without their leadoff man for the next little while, as the club placed shortstop Trea Turner on the 10-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain suffered Saturday.

Nationals manager Dusty Baker initially expected Turner to miss only two or three games after the 23-year-old exited Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies with hamstring discomfort, but it appears he will need more than a few days to recover.

"If we didn't nip it in the bud right now, it might have lingered all season long," Baker told MASN's Mark Zuckerman ahead of Monday's series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park.

In his absence, the Nationals will likely have veteran infielder Stephen Drew take over at shortstop.

Turner, who finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2016 after putting up a .937 OPS in 73 games, has gotten off to a slow start this season, hitting just .158/.158/.211 through five contests.

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Pete Mackanin's patience has apparently worn thin.

After Jeanmar Gomez allowed a game-tying home run in the ninth inning to the Washington Nationals on Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies manager has relieved the pitcher from his role as closer, replacing him with Joaquin Benoit.

The decision appeared to be a foregone conclusion after Sunday's performance when Mackanin said he needed to speak with Gomez.

"I'm going to have a talk with him tomorrow," Mackanin told reporters, including MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Sunday when asked if Gomez would continue as closer. "I'll have something for you tomorrow. I need to talk with him."

Gomez has allowed five earned runs - two home runs - in three appearances this season, converting one of his two save opportunities.

Benoit, on the other hand, has yet to allow an earned run and has only given up a single hit through three innings pitched.

The 39-year-old veteran has saved 51 games in 86 chances during his 16-year career, which has included stints with six other big-league clubs.

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