Good morning everyone! With seemingly every team in Major League Baseball calling up top prospects, maybe Jerry should get on the bandwagon. How about it, eh? While we wait to see if the M’s oblige, let’s get you caught up on the latest.
In Mariners news...
- This is fantastic news on Julio!
#Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto on Julio Rodriguez in his rehab process:— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) August 20, 2020
"He is now fully engaged in baseball activity and we're hoping in the next week or 10 days we'll see him back on the field."
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- The Tacoma Rainiers blog discussed what’s gone down at the Alternate Site so far.
- In case you missed it, the Mariners placed right-hander Erik Swanson on the injured list with a forearm strain.
- Taijuan Walker’s reunion with the Mariners could be a short one.
#Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker, 28, is drawing trade interest after back-to-back quality starts, including last night’s impressive win over the #Dodgers, as I reported on @MLBNetwork this morning. Free agent after the season, earning less than $400k for September.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) August 20, 2020
Around the league...
- Hannah Keyser at Yahoo! Sports provided some in-depth thoughts about Thom Brennaman and apologies.
- The Reds weren’t the only ones to remove Brennaman from their broadcasts. Both are FOX Sports entities, though, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Fox Sports announces Thom Brennaman has been pulled off their NFL broadcasts— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) August 20, 2020
- The Yankees took extreme measures yesterday, sending Miguel Andújar down to the club’s Alternate Site after the infielder’s tough start to the season.
- The prospect parade continues as the Giants called up top catching youngster Joey Bart.
- The Marlins also decided to call up top pitching prospect Sixto Sánchez and talented young outfielder Jesús Sánchez.
- Meanwhile, the Indians’ top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie will make his MLB debut on Saturday.
- Alex Bregman hit the injured list with a hamstring strain, pushing the number of players on the shelf for the Astros to 11.
- Kyle Glaser at Baseball America checks in on the state of the AL and NL Rookie of the Year races, with Kyle Lewis still leading the pack in the Junior Circuit.
- In a fantasy-focused piece, Eno Sarris at The Athletic broke down 10 different starting pitchers in the league. He included some insight on Justus Sheffield and what the left-hander can do to improve going forward. ($)
- Pax, no!
James Paxton is having an MRI. He felt discomfort in his forearm/elbow.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 20, 2020
- The Mets and Marlins had to postpone their game yesterday after a Mets player and staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
- With the Tigers calling up three of their top prospects, Jay Jaffe at Fangraphs analyzes this future core for Detroit.
- The Rangers will be without one of their young outfielders for a few weeks.
Update on Willie Calhoun, also: he has a "low-grade left hamstring strain," per team source. Will be out a minimum of three weeks.— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) August 20, 2020
- Somehow, no player in Major League Baseball history had ever worn the uniform number 89 in a game until Wednesday, when Yankees right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure did.
- Some good news for today: Cal Ripken, Jr. reported that he has fully recovered from prostate cancer.
- The NBA held its draft lottery yesterday, with the Minnesota Timberwolves earning the league’s first overall pick.