Freddie Freeman injury update: X-rays of hand inconclusive, more tests after HBP

Obviously a win’s a win, we’ll take it, but we’re looking at the big picture here, catcher Kurt Suzuki said. Your best player goes down, gets hit in kind of a freak spot you’re just kind of hoping for the best.

When the best hitter in the game goes out and he’s on our team, it really sucks, said Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who got the win Wednesday.

Freeman leads the National League in home runs (14) and his slash line (.341/.461/.748) puts him among the league leaders in all three categories.

Three things to know about Claire Eccles: She’s lefthanded, she’s a knuckleballer and this isn’t weird that she’ll be the first female to compete in a summer baseball league that regularly attracts some of the best college players in North America.

Eccles, 19, will pitch for the Victoria (B.C.) HarbourCats of the West Coast League, the team announced, becoming the first female to compete in the 11-team league that plays a 54-game season in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia starting May 30.

100 percent Claire is good enough to play on our team, HarbourCats GM Brad Norris-Jones said (via the CBC). Is it going to be a challenge for Claire? Absolutely.

We’re just going to get everyone involved and show that in 2017, this isn’t different. This isn’t weird. It’s normal.

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Ned Yost’s ejection leads young grandson to ask the silliest question

Why that’s surprising: OK, this might not be as stunning as some of the names on this list, but it’s still unexpected. See, in 2016, his first after signing a five-year free-agent deal with the Cardinals, Leake posted the highest ERA of his career (4.69) while allowing 10.3 hits per nine innings. This year, you see the ERA. And Leake’s allowing just 7.3 hits per nine and also leads the NL in WHIP (0.937). Yep, a bit surprising.

Why that’s surprising: Why is this surprising? Bogaerts has been an outstanding hitter for the Sox and it’s not like four triples is a stunning total. I know. But check this out: In 475 career MLB games heading into this season, Bogaerts had exactly five triples. This year, he has four in 47 games.

Ned Yost has been ejected from plenty of games ‘ 40, to be exact ‘ in his career, but after Saturday, he’ll probably never again look at ejections the same way.

The Royals manager got tossed from the KC’s 5-2 victory over the Indians in the first inning after arguing about a checked-swing strikeout by Eric Hosmer.

While hanging out in the clubhouse a few minutes later, Yost got a phone call ‘ not from the commissioner’s office or anything. No, it was his 3-year-old grandson, Jordan.

MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan pried the details of that conversation from Yost after the game. Yost said it went like this:

Jordan: Granddaddy, did you get thrown out of the game?

Yost: I said, ‘Yeah Jordan, yeah I got thrown out of the game.’

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Mets fans respond predictably, perfectly to Zack Wheeler injury news

The Mets lost another pitcher to injury Wednesday. Rght-hander Zack Wheeler went on the DL with what was termed a biceps injury. The news came two days after he allowed seven runs to the Dodgers.

Naturally, Mets fans were . . . suspicious of that assessment. They’ve heard this song and dance too many times before. The Mets have, um, a reputation for getting injury timetables wrong.

Antoine Duplantis, who got the Tigers on the board in Game 1, flies out. Greg Deichmann follows up with a foul out. It’s still early, but LSU will likely be counting their missed opportunities if they don’t get ahead early.

Cole Freeman gets a one-out single after getting a grounder past third baseman Jonathan India. LSU with a runner on base.

Gators are in business early as Dalton Guthrie rips a single to center, advancing Liput to third. Two men on base, one in scoring position, and no outs. Not looking good for the Tigers early.

But with Lynch moving from linebacker and Armstead adjusting to a new scheme, the team was smart to sign former Raven Elvis Dumervil late in free agency. The 33-year-old still proflic sack artist still has plenty left as the ideal LEO and gives the group much-needed experience. John Lynch played with Dumervil in Denver, and trusts him as an on-field leader all these years later.

All that leaves Eli Harold as a swing backup at best and Ahmad Brooks, 33 Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys and in the final year of his contract, as a likely camp cut.

Even with the realignment, Foster adds to what’s the deepest and Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China most talented overall position group on the team. Saleh is charged with fitting all the puzzle pieces together in order to back up unpredictable line play.

Angels’ Mike Trout opts for surgery on thumb, could miss 6-8 weeks

Police say 30-year-old Gabino Genao, Alvarado-Genao’s estranged husband, shot the woman twice in the face as she walked out of a cousin’s house around 11:15 p.m. ET. Alvarado-Genao was the younger sister of Mora’s wife, Gisel.

She told WBAL that her sister recently had moved from Maryland to New York after getting a new job. Alvarado-Genao’s daughters, ages 9 and 5, had stayed in Maryland with her mother through the end of the school year, but those three had taken the bus to New York on Friday for a weekend visit.

(Iveliss) was missing them and sent my mom bus fare money to celebrate the holiday weekend together, Gisel Mora told WBAL. She had just picked them up from the bus station, picked up a few pies of pizza to celebrate them being together.

Losing Trout’s talent likely until after the All-Star break is devastating, but even more so for the injury-ridden Angels, who are already without Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Alex Meyer, Yunel Escobar, Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey.

There is optimism in Anaheim’s camp that Trout can heal faster than Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who had a similar injury last May, opted for surgery and returned after just five weeks on the disabled list.

Trout, who left Sunday’s game after getting on base for the 45th time in 47 games, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 homers this season for the 26-28 Angels.

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The Rockies may need an arm or two to keep their hot start going

He lives and dies with nearly every at-bat. He’s on a crusade to Make Baseball Fun Again. What’s not to love about that?

If you’re raising your kid to be a baseball player, wouldn’t you want them to play like George Brett or Pete Rose? I’m sure you would, and it’s a funny thing, because both are guys who Harper has said he models his game after.

Some of the same folks who whined about Harper being a fake tough guy are the same ones who witnessed him charge the mound and throw hands after getting plunked on Monday. Well, which one is it? Fake tough guy or not?

Raise your hand if, on Memorial Day weekend, you thought the best records in baseball would belong to the Rockies and the Astros, who improved to an MLB-best 35-16 with an 8-4 victory over the Orioles.

The Rockies may need an arm or two to keep their hot start going, but the Astros are a deep team primed for the long haul. As for the Cubs, the talent is there. They just have to find the same spark they rode to a championship last year if they hope to defend their title.

Studs of the night
Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 without a walk over seven innings in Milwaukee’s 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Nelson also helped his own cause with an RBI single to help the Crew increase their division lead.

Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis did his part as the Indians leadoff hitter by going 4 for 4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and a pair of RBIs in the Tribe’s 10-1 win over the struggling Royals. The Indians provided starter Josh Tomlin plenty of offense with a complete-game effort.

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MLB trade rumors: Red Sox have scouted White Sox 3B Todd Frazier

It’s still more than six weeks until MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but more than a quarter of the way through the 2017 season, the buyers and sellers are starting to sort themselves out. Here’s a look at one trade rumor that’s floating around.

The rumor: The Red Sox are interested in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

From the Globe on Sunday: Yes, the Red Sox have been scouting Frazier given their tenuous third base situation and the fact they want to give Rafael Devers more time to develop. Frazier has the perfect power swing for Fenway but has had an awful start (.198, four homers, 15 RBIs). Frazier is making $12 million this season, but the White Sox would eat some of that if a trade came to fruition.

Why: A lot about Trout’s and Harper’s Hall of Fame chances hinge on their health. Trout has been a tank, averaging 158 games a season from 2013 through last year. Harper’s struggled more to stay healthy, averaging 131 games over his first five seasons in the majors.

Healthy, Harper’s been an All Star-level player, earning nods for the National League team all but one season. These haven’t been courtesy nods either. Harper’s averaged 5.7 WAR for every 650 plate appearances for his career, with Baseball-Reference.com rating 5 WAR as an All-Star season. Granted, Harper’s only reached 650 plate appearances one season, his 2015 MVP campaign. Entering this year, he’s averaged 554 plate appearances.

Harper might be turning the page this season health-wise, having played in 40 of the Nationals’ 43 games so far. With his style of play, though, or his bulky frame, Harper might have a propensity for injury. This doesn’t bode well for his Hall of Fame chances.

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Jameson Taillon gets giant card from Pirates fans after cancer diagnosis

The Mariners have been college-heavy in the first round recently, and there are three college right-handers who could be in play if this scenario plays out. Faedo is ranked highest of the three (ahead of UCLA’s Griffin Canning and Mizzou’s Tanner Houck) on MLB.com’s ranking of draft prospects. He hasn’t had the greatest season, but the raw stuff is there.

Mizzou has produced a number of first-round picks this decade, highlighted by two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Houck might not be Scherzer, but his fastball sits in the mid-90s and sniffs triple digits, and the Tigers (the ones in Detroit) would be happy with that.

Canning’s a hard-throwing right-hander with 124 strikeouts and 28 walks for the Bruins this season, to go with an ERA of 2.55. Eight of San Francisco’s past 11 first-rounders have come from the college ranks.

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon recently underwent surgery after a dianosis of testicular cancer, and on Friday he received a gift from Pirates fans.

Taillon also met with the media for the first time since his diagnosis, and said he has only received good news so far.

Taillon is playing catch now. All good news re: potential spread so far but some blood work remains and he’ll have to keep an eye on it.

Taillon also said he’s heard from fellow cancer survivors and patients such as Lance Armstrong, Andrew Lambo, Chad Bettis and John Kruk.

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Joe Girardi says Yankees are afraid to turn Masahiro Tanaka into Spider-Man

The Yankees’ No. 1 starter is pitching to a 6.56 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP this season. He has given up 16 runs over his past two starts and has lasted a combined 4 2/3 innings in those games.

Much was made about Tanaka’s health in 2014, when he was shut down with a partial UCL tear in his right elbow. He rehabbed the injury and has been pitching with the tear since.

There are worse things than being turned into a superhero.

Tuesday night’s Braves-Pirates game at SunTrust Park was disrupted briefly when an emergency stadium-evacuation message briefly flashed on the scoreboard, accompanied by a loud alarm and flashing lights, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The incident occurred in the third inning, with the scoreboard message indicating that an emergency had been reported in the new stadium. The message disappeared from the scoreboard shortly thereafter, but not before a few fans began to exit their seats.

With continuing injuries but a relatively long career, say 15 to 20 seasons — which seems perfectly reasonable with Harper debuting as young as he did — Harper might wind up in roughly the same territory as Dunn, Kingman or Delgado. This will doom his Hall of Fame chances. Dunn last played in 2014 and isn’t yet eligible with the BBWAA, but Kingman and Delgado each lasted just one year on the ballot.

The best that can be said for candidates such as Dunn, Kingman and Delgado (particularly Delgado, among the most underrated players in baseball history) is they have their supporters. But then, many fringe Hall of Fame candidates have supporters on the internet. There are 50 or 100 retired players, maybe more, who can garner blog posts and occasional news columns, though they don’t have much hope of getting in. Such is the Hall of Fame, which keeps out so many more good players than it lets in.

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Eduardo Rodriguez injury update: Red Sox lefty headed to DL after bullpen slip

Eduardo Rodriguez insisted he was fine after falling in the bullpen while warming up for Thursday night’s start in Baltimore.

He ended up turning in his worst start of the season, surrendering four home runs in a 7-5 loss, and now the left-hander is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury.

Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed the roster move to reporters before Friday’s game, saying the team hopes it’s a short-term issue but Rodriguez will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday for a second opinion.

Rodriguez’s pregame tumble in the bullpen at Camden Yards was nothing crazy, he told reporters following the game, and said his struggles were the result of just missing his pitches and the Orioles making good contact.

Bryce Harper leads the NL All-Star balloting by a wide margin, but he’s not the only dominating presence in the voting.

Two Cubs currently lead the voting at their position, three more are second, and Cubs outfielders rank 3-5 in the results, released Tuesday by Major League Baseball.

With more than 900,000 votes thus far, Harper has a third more votes than the next highest in the balloting, Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (669,643 votes).

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Brewers convinced Cubs had ulterior motive to cancel Saturday’s game after rain misses

Rain forced Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Brewers to be postponed. Only, it wasn’t raining at or after the scheduled first pitch.

The Brewers certainly realized that fact, which is why they believe the Cubs may have had an ulterior motive for the postponement.

Clearly, the Cubs were looking at a weather forecast that made them think it was going to rain, Brewers general manager David Stearns said, via JSonline.com. Our weather forecast did not indicate that. I think there were five or seven other forecasts that also did not indicate that. Ultimately, it’s the Cubs’ call.

We were a little surprised the game was called as early as it was. I’m sure they had their reasons to do it. Obviously, it didn’t rain. So, from our standpoint, we would have preferred to play yesterday. I talked with some guys with the Cubs. They knew how we felt. That’s one of the earliest games I’ve ever been involved with that was called. That surprised me a little bit.

That statement wasn’t entirely true. It did deluge in Chicago for a couple hours leading up to the game, and the radar for the rest of the day was less than promising.

Of course, weather can change at the drop of the hat. The constant thunderstorms that were at one time supposed to flash through Chicago all day Saturday missed.

Still, the Brewers aren’t convinced.

I’m not privy to their forecasting methods or what service they use, Stearns said of the Cubs. All I know is what they told us at the time they canceled the game. They certainly knew we preferred to play. We’re of the opinion if there are playable conditions, we’d like to play. It was out of our hands yesterday.

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