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Tuesday, June 18, 2019


David Ortiz has condition upgraded to ‘good’ by doctors

David Ortiz

David Ortiz continues to make progress as he recovers from a gunshot wound in Boston, and the former MLB slugger’s wife said on Tuesday that his condition has been upgraded.

In her latest statement, Tiffany Ortiz said David’s condition was upgraded to “good” by doctors at Mass General Hospital on Tuesday. He had previously been in stable condition.

Tiffany Ortiz has kept fans updated on Big Papi’s health, and fortunately the news seems to be getting better and better. Ortiz was shot in the back and the bullet exited through his stomach, so it goes without saying that he is fortunate to be alive. He underwent extensive surgery in the Dominican Republic before being transferred to Boston.

Police in the Dominican Republic have released some details about the attack on Ortiz, but the case remains under investigation.

Jesus Aguilar: Manny Machado apologized for playoff incident

Manny Machado Jesus Aguilar

No one would blame Jesus Aguilar if he wanted to hold a grudge against Manny Machado for the rest of his MLB career, but the Milwaukee Brewers first baseman says he has moved on from the dirty play Machado committed during the playoffs last year.

When Machado was with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, he intentionally dragged his left leg along the first base bag on a routine groundout during the NLCS so he could clip Aguilar’s leg on the way by. It was a bush league play by anyone’s definition.

Aguilar and Machado met again on Monday night when the San Diego Padres hosted the Brewers, and Aguilar was asked if there is any lingering bad blood between the two. Aguilar said Machado has apologized and they have “moved forward.”

That wasn’t the only dirty play Machado committed during the postseason last year, and those antics have contributed to him having a bad reputation across the league. Even if Aguilar has forgiven him, there are still plenty of people who don’t think very highly of Machado.

Rays prospect Chris Betts celebrates Home Run Derby win with huge bat throw

Chris Betts

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Chris Betts won a Home Run Derby contest on Monday and celebrated with a massive bat throw.

Betts was going up against Alek Thomas in the Midwest League Home Run Derby. They were tied at seven when Betts launched a homer to win it and celebrated by chucking his bat.

He might have gotten more distance on the bat throw than the actual home run.

Betts seems to view himself as a trendsetter:

Betts, a second-round pick by the Rays in 2015, did not hit his first minor league home run until 2018, going his first 42 games (over two seasons) without hitting one. This year he has 12 for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in Single-A.

Edwin Jackson calls his pitching ‘horses—’ after getting shelled by Angels

Edwin Jackson is a former All-Star and World Series champion, but you wouldn’t know it based on how he has been pitching this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays righty was lit up for seven earned runs in just one inning of Monday’s 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, retiring a mere two batters in the process. After the game, Jackson was critical of himself.

“I think my pitching has just been horses—, to be honest, since I’ve been here,” said Jackson, per Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star. “That’s point blank. The execution has been terrible. I know I’m better than that. That’s not who I am.”

Jackson, who was acquired by Toronto last month, entered play on Monday with a 1-4 record and a 10.22 ERA on the year. Those numbers will be even worse now after he served up six hits (including three homers) and two walks to a sub-.500 Angels team.

The 35-year-old has had a solid 17-season career with plenty of memorable moments and funny mishaps alike. At some point though Jackson may have to come to the realization that he just does not have it anymore.

Pablo Sandoval leaves game after being spiked by Max Muncy

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval left Monday night’s San Francisco Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers after being spiked by Max Muncy.

Muncy was batting with two on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth and grounded a ball up the middle. Shortstop Brandon Crawford was pulled to the second base side of the bag and spun before throwing. His throw went up the first base line, causing Sandoval to dive for it while keeping his foot on the bag.

Sandoval’s right hand was on the ground and exposed in the basepath and ended up stepped on by Muncy. He grabbed his hand immediately and went down to his knee as he called the trainer out.

Sandoval was due to lead off the top of the sixth but was replaced by a pinch hitter. He was 1-for-2 prior to exiting the game.

Despite seemingly being on the roster bubble in spring training, Sandoval leads the Giants in batting average and slugging percentage and is tied for the team lead in doubles and home runs this season.

George Springer moving closer to rehab assignment

The Houston Astros are close to getting George Springer out on a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.

Springer took live batting practice on Monday as he readies himself for a rehab stint after roughly three weeks out.

Springer hasn’t played since May 24, when he left the game with an ominous-looking injury that did not turn out to be quite as bad as feared. The Astros have fared just fine without him, going 10-4 so far in June, but they’ll welcome him back. He was an MVP candidate before the injury, hitting .308 with 17 home runs.

Mets’ Brandon Nimmo seeking second opinion on neck injury

New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is having major problems coming back from his neck injury.

Nimmo halted his rehab assignment on Friday due to neck soreness, and has now gone to Los Angeles in search of a second opinion on his ailing neck.

After something of a breakout season in 2018, the neck injury has wrecked Nimmo’s 2019. He was hitting just .200 with almost no power before going on the disabled list, and has not played since May 20. Coupled with a somewhat funny off-field fiasco this season, and it just hasn’t been a year Nimmo will want to remember.