Good morning everyone! Here’s what you need to know as we get our Thursday started.
In Mariners news...
- Some depressing news regarding Kendall Graveman. Hopefully he’s able to get back on the mound sooner rather than later.
Servais says Kendall Graveman still having tests on neck, but "he's going to be out some time. This is going to be more than one start.”— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 5, 2020
- Also some disappointing news on Tom Murphy, who the Mariners could use behind the dish.
Mariners other health update regards catcher Tom Murphy, who was finally feeling some improvement yesterday with broken bone in his foot. But Servais said still no timetable on his return.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 5, 2020
Around the league...
- Max Scherzer exited yesterday’s start against the Mets with a hamstring injury. There is no timetable for his return yet.
- Top White sox prospect Nick Madrigal, who just debuted in the majors, is headed to the injured list with a separated shoulder.
- You may remember when I picked the Braves as my “second team” and said they didn’t have any former Mariners on their active roster. Well, not anymore!
The #Braves today placed INF Ozzie Albies (right wrist bone contusion) and INF Matt Adams (strained left hamstring) on the 10-day injured list, recalled C Alex Jackson to Atlanta and reinstated OF Nick Markakis from the restricted list.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 5, 2020
- Eno Sarris at The Athletic looked at seven pitchers who are throwing new offerings this season, including the M’s very own Yusei Kikuchi. ($)
- The layoffs are beginning to hit in even more visible ways in the sports industry as a pair of Philadelphia area sportscasters are losing their jobs.
- MLB Pipeline provided its midseason update of its top 100 prospects.
- Trade alert!
The Rangers have traded RHP Ariel Jurado to the New York Mets for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Jurado had been at the Alternate Traiming Site since July 19 and was designated for assignment on July 31.— John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 5, 2020
- Rob Manfred asserted that the policies the league has in place are helping to prevent the spread of coronavirus despite the instances of team infection.
- Tim Brown at Yahoo! tells the amazing story of Eddy Alvarez, the one of the newest Marlins and also a former Olympic speed skater.
- This...doesn’t seem normal actually.
Shohei Ohtani said he felt soreness and tightness in his elbow throughout the rehab the process, but thought it was normal soreness from the build-up process post-TJ.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 6, 2020
- Some major news in the college athletics realm.
This is big: All NCAA student-athletes must be provided an opportunity to opt out of participation due to concerns— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) August 5, 2020
about contracting COVID-19, and if a student-athlete chooses to opt out, the individual’s scholarship commitment must be honored.