Good morning everyone! Let’s get you the latest from around baseball as we kick off this Thursday.
In Mariners news...
- Now we have some actual good news on Austin Nola.
No structural damage in Austin Nola’s knee. The hope is he can return this weekend— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) July 29, 2020
Around the league...
- Major League Baseball is taking its lessons from the Marlins outbreak by outlining a new set of health and safety protocols for the league. Better late than never, I suppose.
- Many around baseball were shocked as the league struck Joe Kelly with an eight-game suspension for attempting to peg Alex Bregman in Tuesday’s tilt. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was also handed a one-game suspension.
- Not everyone thought the suspension was too harsh of a punishment. Michael Baumann at The Ringer took the unpopular position that Kelly had it coming.
- More good news for the Phillies here. However, their game on Friday was also postponed. Philly will now face Toronto in a double-header on Saturday.
For the second consecutive day, all of the Philadelphia Phillies coronavirus tests for players and staff members have come back negative, a source familiar with the situation tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2020
- In some news that may be of interest to the Mariners, who are starved for catchers: The Red Sox have DFA’d Jonathan Lucroy.
- Without Summer College ball, some players are forced to get creative when it comes to improving their game this year, writes Teddy Cahill at Baseball America.
- Craig Edwards at Fangraphs notes that pitchers have gotten caught up to speed faster than hitters have early in the season.
- That’s certainly an oddly-timed decision by Nick given what’s going on in Miami.
BREAKING NEWS: Nick Markakis is rejoining the #Braves, having changed his mind since opting out of the season just over three weeks ago. Veteran outfielder is being reinstated from the restricted list.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) July 29, 2020
- José Reyes, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2018, officially announced his retirement.
- The former Oregon basketball stud hasn’t needed much of an adjustment period.