Here comes Santa Kruk, here comes Santa Kruk

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Because Steve Phillips’ mock press
conferences weren’t cringe-inducing enough, ESPN will feature a series
of “Santa Kruk” segments during SportsCenter next week, in which he
will present gifts to some major league teams (watch them all here, if you dare). Among them, a “goat
catcher” for the Cubs, a rocket scientist for the Astros and tickets to
a Sister Sledge concert for the Pirates. It has all the trappings of public access television, but with the reach of tens of millions of homes.




(Hat-tip to Maury Brown)

Tim Beckham to miss six to seven weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

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Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to miss the next six to seven weeks.

Beckham, 28, was originally diagnosed with a strained left groin. He sustained the injury during spring training and reaggravated it on Monday against the Indians.

Beckham was off to a slow start, batting .179/.247/.262 in 93 plate appearances. Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson should handle the hot corner while Beckham is out.