Good morning everyone! We’ve got a flurry of news to report as we get our Saturday going. Let’s get to it.
In Mariners news...
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times takes stock of J.P. Crawford’s place with the franchise at this moment.
- Braden Bishop has partnered with Dicks’ Drive-In to help feed firefighters across the state.
- Dylan Moore credits his improvements this season to time spent with Dee Strange-Gordon during the winter, reports Shannon Drayer.
- In case you missed it...
#Mariners recall INF Donovan Walton from Alternate Training Site; INF J.P. Crawford Placed on Bereavement List— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) September 11, 2020
- Meanwhile, Mallex Smith stays in the organization.
The @Mariners have outrighted OF Mallex Smith to Triple-A Tacoma.— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) September 11, 2020
Read: https://t.co/YKGgpjDoyg pic.twitter.com/XcSoxjhyZn
- In some more disappointing news, Shed Long has been placed on the injured list with a shin fracture that he’s supposedly been dealing with since early Spring. It sounds like he’s doubtful to return this season.
Around the league...
- Ken Rosenthal at The Athletic reports that some players aren’t totally comfortable with the idea of extended quarantines during the playoffs, which is proving to be a major roadblock in planning the postseason. ($)
- Zack Wheeler of the Phillies suffered a very strange injury while trying to put on his pants.
- Baseball sure is strange sometimes.
A secret kept for 50+ years, revealed only through a DNA test.@jaysonst tells the story behind the story of a father and son who never knew each other but who had six MLB All-Star Games between them.— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) September 11, 2020
Tonight, the duo will watch a baseball game together for the first time. pic.twitter.com/fpoaKthPyB
- Things aren’t looking promising for the Big Maple.
It would be “challenging” for James Paxton to return this season, according to Aaron Boone, but he thinks there is still a chance.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2020
- Dan Szymborski at Fangraphs thinks the Rangers’ rebuild might take longer than initially expected.
- Remember Miguel Batista? You might soon see him in a courtroom near you!
Former MLB pitcher, new lawyer. Congrats Miguel Batista!— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) September 10, 2020
Felicidades al ex pitcher Miguel Batista por graduarse de abogado. Un gran ejemplo!@MLB @MLBPAA @MLB_PLAYERS pic.twitter.com/INVCbugbka
- The Giants and Padres have postponed their weekend series after a member of the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.
- Injuries have once again come to bite top A’s prospect A.J. Puk, who will be getting surgery on his ailing shoulder.