Tim Wakefield: Knuckle Knuckle King

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Wakefield Knuckle Knuckle King.jpgMy friend Ethan is insanely busy. He runs a company, he consults, he skis, he climbs mountains, he’s got a new wife he’s trying to keep happy, he’s trying to buy a house, he has to deal with Bay Area traffic every day and he generally doesn’t get a ton of down time. But one thing he did have time to do today is to put the photo caption from that Eri Yoshida/Tim Wakefield article from this morning through Google Translate.  The result:

Knuckle ball “upstream” Wakefield (49) Photo By jointly met with Yoshida Eri
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Wakefield will henceforth be referred to as “Knuckle Knuckle King” in this space.  Anyone who doesn’t conform to this rule will face discipline.

Report: Marlins expected to trade Adeiny Hechavarria

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins are expected to trade shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in the next few days.

Hechavarria, 28, is currently on a rehab assignment for a strained left oblique. It’s the second time this season he’s hit the sidelines with an oblique injury. Hechavarria is also hitting a disappointing .277/.288/.385 over 67 plate appearances, which is marginally better than his career averages.

While the Marlins are shopping Hechavarria at depressed value, there are two factors that give him value: he still plays good defense, and he’s under team control through the 2018 season. Passan does estimate that Hechavarria will see a pay raise from $4.3 million this season to $6-7 million next season in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.

Passan adds that while the Marlins aren’t yet willing to shop outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, relievers A.J. Ramos, David Phelps, and Kyle Barraclough are being made available.

George Springer leaves game after being hit by a pitch

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George Springer has been a dynamo out of the leadoff spot for the high-powered Astros this year, hitting 21 homers and driving in 46. He also leads the league in leadoff homers. Today, however, his leadoff appearance was short and ignominious.

Facing Jesse Hahn and the A’s in the Oakland Coliseum for a matinee, Springer was hit in the left hand on the game’s fifth pitch. Watch:

He went down to the dirt and was attended to by trainers before leaving the game. On the way off the field he threw his helmet in disgust. Oftentimes that sort of frustration comes from a player who knows he’s injured. How serious an injury is unknown at the moment. We’ll keep you posted.

Jake Marisnick pinch ran for Springer and came around to score. The Astros lead the A’s 2-0.