Orioles prospect Parker suspended for second drug violation

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Orioles pitching prospect Brian Parker received a 50-game suspension yesterday due to his second positive test for a drug in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Testing Program.
Parker, who was a 19th-round pick out of Lewis & Clark College in 2007, had a 4.31 ERA and 64/26 K/BB ratio in 64.2 innings as a reliever at high Single-A last season. Once finished serving the suspension he’ll join the bullpen at Double-A, but the 24-year-old’s already marginal odds of getting to the big leagues definitely take a sizable hit (and his Hall of Fame chances are really screwed).
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement no announcement will be made regarding which drug was found in Parker’s system. “Brian has been a good kid with us and we are just very disappointed that this has happened,” Orioles player development director David Stockstill said.

Eric Thames leaves game with apparent injury

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Brewers first baseman Eric Thames left Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Reds in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent injury. Thames took his position to start the inning, but was replaced by Jesus Aguilar. Thames had flied out weakly to center field to end the previous inning, so perhaps something happened while he ran that out.

The Brewers should provide an update shortly on the exact nature of Thames’ early exit. Needless to say, losing Thames to the disabled list would be a huge blow to the 11-11 Brewers, as he entered Wednesday leading all of baseball in runs (25), home runs (11), slugging percentage (.929), and OPS (1.411). Thames was 1-for-3 with a single, a pair of walks, and two runs scored before leaving.

Mariners place Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list

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The Mariners have placed starter Felix Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, Jon Morosi reports. He’s expected to miss two to three weeks as opposed to the minimum 10 days.

Hernandez lasted only two innings in Tuesday’s start and was described as dealing with a “dead arm.” The right-hander, through five starts, has a 4.73 ERA with a 22/3 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings. The now 31-year-old has not quite been the same pitcher since 2014, when he led the American League in ERA. The Mariners are certainly hoping they get their old All-Star back soon.

Chase De Jong will fill in for Hernandez on Sunday. If he pitches well, he may earn some more starts while Hernandez is out.