Rangers Teammates Joey Gallo, Matt Bush in Concussion Protocol After Colliding

An infield collision between Texas Rangers teammates Matt Bush and Joey Gallo caused both players to leave the game early and enter the concussion protocol, according to ESPN.com.

The incident took place on an infield pop-up in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Neither player will travel with the team for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.

Fox 4 captured the play, which was an easy catch for the third baseman Gallo:

Bush, who began his career as a shortstop, also went for the ball and ended up colliding with him. The relief pitcher also injured his knee while Gallo suffered a bloody nose.

Gallo has been one of the top power hitters in the majors in his first full season. The 23-year-old is hitting just .205, but he has 35 home runs to lead Texas and rank third in baseball behind only Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.

It has also been a solid season for Bush, who has a 3.04 ERA after making one out Sunday. The former No. 1 overall draft pick has re-established himself as a pitcher and has come through with 10 saves and seven holds on the season.

With the Rangers still competing for a wild-card spot in the American League—they are 2.5 games back after the loss to Chicago—losing two key players could be extremely damaging.

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Corey Kluber Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Royals

Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is dealing with injury issues again after leaving Friday's start against the Kansas City Royals with a sprained right ankle, according to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes

Hoynes later noted Kluber did not suffer a high ankle sprain and could potentially make his next start. 

Kluber previously spent time on the disabled list in May due to discomfort in his back.

Injuries haven't been much of an issue over the past few seasons, though, as he transformed into one of the most consistent pitchers in the sport. He has made at least 32 starts with 215 innings pitched in each of the last three years.

The 31-year-old won one Cy Young Award in this stretch, finishing ninth and third in voting in the other two seasons. He has led the league in FIP twice in the last three seasons.

Kluber was also key in the Indians' playoff run in 2016 as a steady force with various injuries around him in the rotation. He tallied a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA in six starts while helping lead the team to the American League pennant. 

He has followed up his great postseason by going 11-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 0.909 WHIP. 

Unfortunately, an injury appears to have slowed him down again. Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and others will try to carry the rotation in the meantime.

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Rafael Devers Sets MLB Record with Game-Tying Home Run off Aroldis Chapman

Boston Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers not only hit a clutch game-tying home run against the New York Yankees Sunday night, he did it in record-breaking fashion.

The 20-year-old tied the game at 2-2 with a solo shot against Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning, eventually sending the game to extra innings. According to Statcast, the pitch he hit out was 102.8 miles per hour, "the fastest pitch hit for a homer since at least 2008" when this type of tracking began.

ESPN captured the big moment:

As ESPN Stats & Info noted, it was the first home run Chapman had allowed since the World Series last season. The Cuban flamethrower had only allowed six regular-season home runs since the start of 2014 as he has established himself as one of the top closers in baseball.

Considering the big shot came in such a big moment on national television in arguably the best rivalry in baseball, there was plenty of excitement after the hit:

Although Devers had only played 14 games entering Sunday, he has shown he is not overmatched at all in the majors despite his young age. He came into the day with a .327 batting average in 55 at-bats with three home runs and three doubles.

The Red Sox were already loaded with talented young hitters in their system, but the third baseman could be one of the best of the bunch considering his early success.

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Tyler Clippard Reportedly to Be Traded to Astros from White Sox

Tyler Clippard is reportedly on the move for the second time this season.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Houston Astros are acquiring the Chicago White Sox relief pitcher.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report the rumors, although as Sports Illustrated captured, Clippard had already updated his Twitter profile to reflect his being a part of the new team.

Clippard began the year with the New York Yankees but was sent to Chicago as part of a seven-player trade in July.

     

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Bryce Harper Leaves Game vs. Giants with Knee Injury

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper was removed from Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent left knee injury.

According to the Washington Post's Jorge Castillo, Harper hurt his knee when he lunged for first base trying to beat out a ground ball.

Todd Dybas of the Washington Times relayed a screenshot of Harper not being able to put any weight on his injured leg:

Any significant injury to Harper could be devastating to the Nationals lineup, even with plenty of other talented players on the roster. With Adam Eaton already out for the year with a torn ACL, the World Series contenders are getting thin in the outfield.

In reality, losing a player of Harper's ability would be damaging for any team.

The 24-year-old is as fearsome a hitter as anyone in the sport, reaching the All-Star Game in four of his first five seasons.

He took home the 2015 Most Valuable Player award after leading the league in home runs, runs and on-base plus slugging. He batted .330 that season with a career-best 42 home runs.

After a down year by his standards in 2016, he is once again among the league's top hitters in 2017, batting .326 with 29 home runs and 87 RBI.

This latest injury could put a damper on the impressive season and create trouble for the Nationals. Adam Lind could be the first replacement option after his strong start to the year, although the entire roster will have to contribute to keep the offense afloat as long as Harper is unavailable.

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Dustin Pedroia Placed on 10-Day DL with Knee Injury

The Boston Red Sox announced Saturday that second baseman Dustin Pedroia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation.

Pedroia was activated from the DL on Tuesday, but his knee issues persisted to the point that another stint was required.

This has already been an unlucky year for the veteran when it comes to injuries. After playing 154 games last season, Pedroia has missed time in 2017 due to issues with his wrist, ribs, knee and ankle.

The latest issue will once again force the Red Sox to play without their clubhouse leader.

When healthy, though, Pedroia remains one of the most consistent players in baseball. The former MVP and four-time All-Star had a resurgence in 2016 when he hit .318 with 15 home runs for the top offense in baseball.

He remains a dangerous hitter in 2017, posting a line of .303 with six homers and 54 RBI so far this season.

With fellow infielders Marco Hernandez and Josh Rutledge also injured, Eduardo Nunez likely becomes the next man up for Boston at second base with Brock Holt also capable of filling in if needed.

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Jay Bruce Traded to Indians by Mets for Ryder Ryan

Jay Bruce is on the move once again after the New York Mets traded the outfielder to the Cleveland Indians, the Mets announced

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports first reported the news, and Passan noted the Indians will take on all of his salary. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Mets got minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan in return. 

This comes after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported the Indians were working on a deal to land the outfielder.

The 30-year-old player spent the first nine years of his career with the Cincinnati Reds but has now been traded in each of the past two seasons.

Bruce is known to be a streaky hitter, and he showed as much in his time with the Mets. He struggled mightily after joining the Mets on a deadline deal last year, hitting just .219 with a .294 on-base percentage and eight home runs in 50 games. He also went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the winner-take-all Wild Card Game against the San Francisco Giants, which the Mets lost.

While there was speculation he would be dealt again in the offseason, the team instead picked up his $13 million option for 2017, and it paid off at the start of the year. The left-hander has hit .258 in 102 games this season with 29 home runs and 75 RBI.

With New York struggling with injuries and falling far out of contention, however, it was time to deal him to a squad that could use an offensive upgrade.

Bruce has ranked among the best sluggers in baseball throughout his career, hitting 233 home runs in his time with the Reds before his recent stretch with the Mets. At his best, he can be a game-changing player in the middle of the lineup.

Although there is always concern his streakiness can go the other way, the Indians added a valuable commodity as they look to end the 2017 season on a high note.   

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Koji Uehara Placed on 10-Day DL by Cubs with Neck Injury

The Chicago Cubs bullpen has taken another hit with right-hander Koji Uehara being placed on the 10-day disabled list with a neck injury. 

Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs called up Justin Grimm from Triple-A to take Uehara's spot on the 25-man roster. 

Uehara was removed in the bottom of the seventh during Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants with an apparent injury after allowing a single to Pablo Sandoval. 

Patrick Mooney of Comcast SportsNet noted Uehara has been dealing with stiffness "on the right side/lower part of his neck for several days now."

The 42-year-old is in his first season with the Cubs, currently posting a 3.55 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 38 innings. 

Uehara is not far removed from being one of the top relievers in the majors. While he had solid runs with the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, the Japanese star was at his best with the Boston Red Sox.

Although he joined the team at 38 years old, he earned both Cy Young and MVP votes in 2013 while earning an All-Star nod in 2014. He was a major factor in Boston's run to the 2013 World Series, winning ALCS MVP that season.

Unfortunately, injuries have limited him over the past couple of years. After pitching at least 64 innings in his first two seasons with the Red Sox, he failed to top 50 innings in either of the last two. A pectoral strain kept him off the mound for a good portion of 2016.

He got a fresh start with the Cubs after signing a one-year deal worth $6 million. However, he is once again dealing with an injury that could lead to another extended absence.

The Cubs still have Wade Davis, Carl Edwards Jr., Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop in the back of their bullpen, but depth is an issue that manager Joe Maddon has to deal with now that Uehara is on the shelf.   

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Indians’ Josh Tomlin to Miss 6 Weeks After Suffering Hamstring Injury

Cleveland Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin is expected to miss about six weeks due to a left hamstring tendon strain, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Tomlin left Sunday's start early with the injury and was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, although it now appears the issue will keep him off the field for an extended stretch.

The 32-year-old struggled earlier in the season and has just a 5.38 ERA and 7-9 record in 20 starts. While he has kept his walks down, opposing batters were getting easy hits against the right-hander.

However, he had performed well as of late, producing a 3-0 record and 2.59 ERA in his last four starts. He'd allowed zero hits through four innings before leaving Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

While the injury comes at an inopportune time for him, Cleveland has plenty of depth in the rotation to overcome this loss. The squad had gone to a six-man rotation but will now to move on with a five-man rotation featuring Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar.

As long as everyone else stays healthy, the Indians can continue to push for a division title whether Tomlin returns or not.

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Max Scherzer Exits Nationals vs. Marlins Due to Neck Injury

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had neck issues that caused him to leave Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins early.

As Mark Zuckerman of MASN described, the starter immediately motioned to the bench that he couldn't continue after throwing an errant warm-up pitch.

Jamal Collier of MLB.com reported that he experienced neck spasms "after sleeping on it funny" and left for precautionary reasons.

Scherzer had completed just one scoreless inning on seven pitches before the spasms, although he also hit a three-run home run in the top of the second, his first of his career.

Although a finger injury limited him in the preseason, Scherzer remains one of the most reliable pitchers in the majors. Entering Tuesday, he had a 12-5 record and a 2.23 ERA in 21 starts. He also led the league with 145.1 innings pitched.

His consistency and ability to stay on the field are what have made him such a dangerous weapon for the Nationals.

The 33-year-old has made at least 30 starts every year since 2009, his first full season in the league. In his last four seasons, the right-hander tallied at least 210 innings pitched while earning an All-Star nod each year.

"I'm built for this," he said in February, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. "I'm in my prime. I want the workload. I want all 33 starts."

Scherzer is also coming off the best year of his career, posting a 2.96 ERA while also leading the league in wins (20), strikeouts (284) and WHIP (0.968). This production helped him take home his second career Cy Young award, his first in the National League after winning the American League version with the Detroit Tigers in 2013.

It was the third time in four years he led his league in wins.

With Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross already on the disabled list, however, another injury to a starting pitcher could be a tough blow for the Nationals.

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Red Sox GM References Yankees as the Warriors of MLB After Sonny Gray Trade

Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski thinks highly of the New York Yankees after the team's work during the trade deadline.

New York announced Monday the acquisition of Sonny Gray from the Oakland Athletics, adding a front-line starter to a team that already led the American League East. When asked about the deal, Dombrowski compared the Yankees to the NBA champions, per Scott Lauber of ESPN.com:

"You mean the Golden State Warriors? Yeah, I think the Golden State Warriors have significantly made some moves. I expected it. I would've been surprised if they didn't. But I think Brian probably has made them the Golden State Warriors and we're the significant underdogs, when I'm listening to the MLB Network. I would anticipate, like he said earlier in the year that he didn't know how the Red Sox would lose a game, I think it'll be the same. I don't know how they'll lose a game right now. They made some good moves. They made their club significantly better."

This is a reversal from December when Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called the Red Sox the "Golden State Warriors of baseball," per Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com.

The Yankees also added Jaime Garcia, Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in what was a busy month for the front office. This adds to a talented young roster led by Aaron Judge and others that has produced a 57-47 record this season with a plus-119 run differential.

After playing just one postseason game in the last four seasons, the squad seems destined to return to the playoffs in 2017 and possibly make a deep run. If the Red Sox GM is to be believed, the team should be favorites to bring home a championship like the Warriors did earlier this summer.

Of course, Boston sits just one-half game behind the Yankees through Monday's action with a 58-49 record. The Houston Astros are also 10 games better in the AL standings, while the Los Angeles Dodgers are beating everyone with a 74-31 record, good for an incredible .705 win percentage.

While the Yankees and Red Sox have once again ignited one of the top rivalries in sports, it appears the real Warriors of baseball are in the NL West this season.

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Yoan Moncada Carted Off Field with Leg Injury After Collision with Willy Garcia

The Chicago White Sox saw two key players go down with injuries Monday when Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia got into a collision in the outfield.

The team's Twitter account noted both players were forced to leave the game. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, X-rays on Moncada were negative and he is considered day-to-day with a knee contusion.

Moncada, who was playing just his 12th game with the White Sox, kneed Garcia in the head while trying to grab a pop fly and was eventually carted off the field with a leg injury.

CSN Chicago captured the play in question:

Moncada is considered the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com thanks to his ability to contribute as a hitter, fielder and baserunner. Unfortunately, he has struggled offensively since reaching the majors.

After an 0-for-2 start to Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the second baseman is batting just .105 with one home run for the White Sox. Still, the team and its fans will hope the projected future star will return to the field before too long.

Garcia, another rookie for Chicago, was hitting .258 with two home runs before his injury. Per Nightengale, he will undergo the concussion protocol before being able to return.

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Amed Rosario Recalled by Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas; Will Debut Tuesday

New York Mets top prospect Amed Rosario finally got called up to the majors by the team.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported he will make his debut Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.

The shortstop is not only considered the No. 1 player in the Mets farm system, he is listed as the second-best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com. Only Yoan Moncada is considered better, and he is already playing for the Chicago White Sox.

Rosario has had no problem hitting pitchers in the minors, batting .324 across two levels in 2016 before tallying a .328 batting average in Triple-A in 2017, via Baseball Reference.

He has also added seven home runs and 17 stolen bases to showcase his all-around ability.

The Mets took a long time to bring the 21-year-old up to the Show, but the holdup clearly had nothing to do with his production.

"To suggest he's not major league-ready is insulting," a scout told Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The player also said he was "one hundred percent ready," before making his second appearance in the MLB Futures Game this July, per David Lennon of Newsday.

While the Mets have Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera on the roster, Rosario should get a chance to show what he can do as an everyday player in the majors for at least the rest of the season.

New York remains unlikely to make the playoffs, but adding the young prospect to the 25-man roster should generate plenty of excitement in the final stretch of the season.

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Justin Verlander Jokes About Tigers Trade Rumors in Twitter Post

Justin Verlander has been the subject of various trade rumors over the past week, but the Detroit Tigers starter hasn't been dealt yet.

How do we know? He provided an update on his Twitter account:

Things can change in the final moments before the non-waiver deadline, and the 34-year-old is also a candidate to be dealt through waivers, but Verlander appears happy to be still with his current team Monday.

     

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Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer Hits Walk-Off Double to Beat Giants in 1st MLB At-Bat

Kyle Farmer got quite a introduction to the majors Sunday night, hitting a walk-off double in his first career at-bat.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network summed up the situation:

The Dodgers trailed 2-1 in the 11th inning, but his two-run double handed Los Angeles the 3-2 victory over the rival San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

     

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Cubs Trade Rumors: Justin Wilson, Alex Avila Deal Reportedly Close with Tigers

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to upgrade the roster for the playoff push with the additions of reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila.

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Tigers would receive Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and either a player to be named later or cash in return for the deal.

Wilson has developed into a valuable reliever this season, saving 13 games for the Tigers while posting a 2.68 ERA. He also has 55 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched, improving his strikeouts per nine innings as he has in each of the last four years.

This led to plenty of interest on the trade market before Monday's non-waiver deadline.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Houston Astros were considered a favorite for the lefty earlier Sunday night. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in a bidding war against the Cubs.

Chicago appears to have won the race, also adding a valuable catcher in Avila. The left-hander is in the midst of his best season since he was an All-Star in 2011, currently hitting .271 with a .392 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.

Of course, it will cost a lot to complete this deal, with the Cubs parting with an elite prospect in Candelario. According to MLB.com, the corner infielder was the top player in the organization, currently hitting .266 with 12 home runs in Triple-A.

Adding in an 18-year-old shortstop in Paredes and this appears to be a solid deal for both sides.

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Cubs Trade Rumors: Justin Wilson, Alex Avila Deal Reportedly Close with Tigers

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly set to upgrade the roster for the playoff push with the additions of reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila.

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Tigers would receive Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and either a player to be named later or cash in return for the deal.

Wilson has developed into a valuable reliever this season, saving 13 games for the Tigers while posting a 2.68 ERA. He also has 55 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched, improving his strikeouts per nine innings as he has in each of the last four years.

This led to plenty of interest on the trade market before Monday's non-waiver deadline.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Houston Astros were considered a favorite for the lefty earlier Sunday night. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in a bidding war against the Cubs.

Chicago appears to have won the race, also adding a valuable catcher in Avila. The left-hander is in the midst of his best season since he was an All-Star in 2011, currently hitting .271 with a .392 on-base percentage and 11 home runs.

Of course, it will cost a lot to complete this deal, with the Cubs parting with an elite prospect in Candelario. According to MLB.com, the corner infielder was the top player in the organization, currently hitting .266 with 12 home runs in Triple-A.

Adding in an 18-year-old shortstop in Paredes and this appears to be a solid deal for both sides.

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Former MLB All-Star, 18-Year Veteran Lee May Dies at Age 74

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced Sunday that three-time All-Star Lee May died at the age of 74.

May spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals during his 18-year career, hitting 354 home runs from 1965-82.

A couple of former major leaguers had some nice words to say about the Big Bopper:

May was one of the most consistent home run hitters of his era, hitting at least 20 home runs in 11 straight seasons. His best years came with the Reds from 1969-71 when he crushed 111 home runs and drove in 302 runs during that stretch.

He went to the World Series twice, once with Cincinnati and once with Baltimore, but never earned a ring.

Per Mike Klingaman of the Baltimore Sun, May died Saturday of heart disease.

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Marlins Set Club Record with 22 Runs vs. Rangers

The Miami Marlins had an offensive explosion in the team's 22-10 win over the Texas Rangers Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

According to the team's official account, the 22 runs set a new club record.

The Marlins scored 10 runs against Rangers starter Yu Darvish, chasing him from the game after just 3.2 innings.

     

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Pat Neshek Traded to Rockies for Jose Gomez, J.D. Hammer, Alejandro Requena

The Colorado Rockies announced Wednesday that they have acquired reliever Pat Neshek in a trade from the Philadelphia Phillies.

As the Phillies noted, they will receive three minor leaguers in the deal in shortstop Jose Gomez as well as pitchers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer.

     

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