Baseball Wiretap

No Planned Future Discussion On Expanded Playoffs, Universal DH

Mar 4, 2021 8:10 AM

There has been no movement in talks between MLB and the MLB Players Association regarding the implementation of an expanded postseason or the universal designated hitter for the 2021 season, according to a report.

There are no current plans to revisit those talks, which the report characterizes as "dead issues" for next season.

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Braves' Max Fried Scratched Due To Possible COVID Exposure

Mar 5, 2021 8:10 AM

Max Fried won't make his first scheduled start of spring training for the Atlanta Braves because of a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Brian Snitker said Thursday that Fried hasn't tested positive for the virus, but the team is taking no chances. The left-hander had been scheduled to start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Associated Press

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Study: Heart Illness Rare For COVID-Infected Athletes

Mar 5, 2021 8:07 AM

Five of 789 professional athletes infected with COVID-19 were later found to have suffered inflammatory heart disease in the largest study to date on the cardiac impact of the virus in sports.

The study was published in JAMA Cardiology, doctors affiliated with six U.S.-based leagues followed the 789 infected players last year between May and October.

Before returning to play, the athletes underwent three noninvasive tests that tracked heart rhythms, took an ultrasound of their hearts and measured a protein in their blood that can be a signal of heart damage.

Doctors diagnosed five cases of inflammatory heart disease (0.6% of the total), with three cases identified as myocarditis and two as pericarditis.

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Aaron Boone Taking Medical Leave After Having Surgery For Pacemaker

Mar 4, 2021 8:06 AM

Aaron Boone is taking an immediate medical leave of absence after having surgery Wednesday to get a pacemaker, the New York Yankees have announced.

Brian Cashman said Boone could return to the team in two to three days.

Boone, 47, who had open-heart surgery in 2009, said in a statement that he has had mild symptoms of lightheadedness, low energy and shortness of breath over the past six to eight weeks. He said further tests in New York before spring training indicated he had a low heart rate, necessitating the surgery.

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Diamondbacks' Tim Locastro Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 4, 2021 8:02 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro has tested positive for COVID-19.

Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that Locastro tested positive Tuesday night and would be out for 10 days unless there had been a false positive. Lovullo added that Locastro feels good and currently has no symptoms.

Lovullo said he had "minimal concern" that Locastro's positive result would lead to widespread COVID-19 issues on the roster.

Associated Press

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MLB To Hold Annual Lou Gehrig Day On June 2

Mar 4, 2021 8:00 AM

Major League Baseball will hold a league-wide Lou Gehrig Day on June 2 starting this season.

The plans include an annual tribute in which uniformed personnel will wear a jersey patch celebrating Gehrig and a "4-ALS" logo -- commemorating his No. 4 -- will be displayed around stadiums. The league will also use the occasion to raise money and awareness to battle ALS.

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Jackie Bradley, Jr., Brewers Agree Upon Two-Year, $24M Deal

Mar 4, 2021 7:55 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers will sign Jackie Bradley, Jr. to a two-year, $24 million deal, according to a source.

The deal includes an opt-out after the first year.

Bradley has spent all eight of his Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox, who drafted him 40th overall in 2011.

The outfielder hit .283 with seven home runs, 22 RBIs, five stolen bases, an .814 OPS and a career-low K rate (22.1%) in 55 games in 2020.

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Rockies Not Planning Extension For Trevor Story

Mar 3, 2021 8:21 AM

Trevor Story will be a free agent after this season unless he agrees to a long-term extension with the Colorado Rockies.

Jon Heyman is reporting that, "the Rockies are said not to have the budget for any big signing at the moment, so barring some big change there won't be an extension coming anytime soon for [Story]."

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Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun To Undergo Knee Surgery

Mar 3, 2021 8:18 AM

Kole Calhoun will have surgery Wednesday on his right knee because of a medial meniscus tear.

The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't sure if Calhoun will be ready for Opening Day on April 1.

Torey Lovullo said the injury occurred during offseason training and nagging pain led Calhoun to have an MRI.

The 33-year-old hit a team-high 16 home runs in 2020. He is entering the second season of a $16 million, two-year deal.

Associated Press

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MLB Delays Triple-A Season At Least One Month

Mar 3, 2021 8:14 AM

Major League Baseball has delayed the beginning of the Triple-A season for at least one month.

Clubs will operate alternate sites similar to those used during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

"This is a prudent step to complete the major league and minor league seasons as safely as possible, and we look forward to having fans back in ballparks across the country very soon," Morgan Sword, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, said in a statement.

While Triple-A was scheduled to begin April 6, games will be pushed back, sources said, to around the same time as Double-A and Class A are expected to start -- the first week of May.

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Report: Cleveland Knew Of Complaints About Mickey Callaway's Behavior

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Mets To Begin Extension Talks With Francisco Lindor

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Phillies Likely Done Spending On Roster

Matt Gelb/The Athletic

Alderson: Mets Were 'Shortsighted' In Process To Hire Mickey Callaway

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MLB Bringing Back In-Game Video For Players In 2021

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Braves Sign Brian Snitker To Extension Through At Least 2023

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Tommy Pham Lucky To Be Playing Again After Stabbing

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Trey Mancini Gets Standing Ovation, Singles In Return From Cancer

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Albert Pujols Reiterates He'll Decide Future After Season

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Royals, Hunter Dozier Agree To Four-Year, $25M Extension

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Corey Seager In Contract Year: 'Focus Is Right Now'

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Jarred Kelenic: Mariners Are Punishing Me For Not Signing Extension

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Bryce Harper Calls NL East Baseball's 'Best Division'

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Twins' Top Prospect Royce Lewis Out For 2021 Season

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Feels Stronger, Quicker After Weight Loss

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Shohei Ohtani Hits 97 MPH During Live Batting Practice

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Shane Bieber Ready To 'Dive Into' Contract Talks With Indians

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Jose Abreu Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Aaron Judge 'Playing A Little Smarter' To Stay On Field

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Bryce Harper: Phillies Making 'Win-Now' Moves

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