Vicente Padilla has swine flu

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Not only did Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine announce that Vicente Padilla was diagnosed with H1N1 Type A influenza, better known as “Swine Flu” on Friday, but that he is still scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday:

“He was as surprised as anyone when
we told him this was the case. From everything we’ve been told, this is
certainly a different strain of the normal flu and by nature might be
deemed more serious, but you really wouldn’t treat it any differently.”

“Without speculating, I think it is
reasonable to expect that we may find some of our other guys have it.
We’ve been medicating our players. We would use the same medication and
the same kind program to rehabilitate them and they’ve all shown
improvement. Those are the positive signs.”

“As an extra precaution, we have
encouraged him to go back to the hotel tonight and not sit in the
dugout or the clubhouse. He’s done that. I think we’ll continue to take
that level of precaution, and in addition [with] everyone else.”

In a related story, baseball sources tell Circling the Bases that Omar
Minaya has contacted Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in hopes that
an acquisition of Swine Flu could give the team a potential boost down
the stretch.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.