Back injuries are complicated beasts. While it’ll hurt now to continue without Yelich, in the long run, it will be better to get the full picture instead of rushing him back too early.
• Kendall Graveman, Seattle Mariners – He didn’t record the Mariners’ last save (Keynan Middleton), but Graveman looks like the favorite to close in Seattle right now with Rafael Montero already blowing three opportunities. Graveman’s velocity remains way up since moving to the pen, and he’s an option for save chasers.
This isn’t the only time the Reds and Cardinals have been involved in unnecessary on-field drama in 2021. Nicholas Castellanos was at the forefront of the rivalry early in the season, leading to a benches-clearing altercation with Yadier Molina also taking centerstage. Thankfully, none of that occurred over the weekend, with a return to normalcy between the two teams seemingly around the corner.Toronto Blue Jays
Hey ESPN, if you’re going to make use watch Sunday Night Baseball then you should make sure the video and sound match up.Chicago White Sox
The Cubs seem ready to let Rizzo go for nothing after the season, unless they can find a trade that suits them between now and the deadline.Colorado Rockies
Joe Girardi, who succeeded Kapler as Phillies manager, didn't care if the win came against John McGraw. He was just happy to get one win in a series that the Phillies could have swept if they didn't go 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in losing the first game, 2-0, and didn't blow a four-run lead and give up two three-run homers in the eighth in losing the second game, 10-7.Tampa Bay Rays
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Kapler heard some boos before his first-ever home game as manager of the Phillies, who had started 1-4 in 2018 before returning to Citizens Bank Park, with Kapler coming under fire for some early moves with his pitching staff. He said he doesn't know what to expect tonight.
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