Jose Mijares suspected of beng a hairorist

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Jose Mijares headshot.jpgBack in 1982 Pascual Perez was late for a game with the Braves when he kept circling the city on I-285, unable to find the stadium.  That’s still the best reason I’ve ever heard for being late, but Twins’ pitcher Jose Mijares is probably in second place:

Lefthander Jose Mijares reported to camp on Tuesday
after finally boarding a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to the United
States.

Mijares said he tried to board a flight on Sunday
but got caught up in a security check while the plane loaded and
departed. According to Mijares, police were suspicious about some hair
gel in his luggage.

Mijares was eventually allowed to take a later flight, but not until he was subjected to enhanced interrogation and admitted to the possession of vast quantities of weapons-grade Dippity-Do.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.