Jason Heyward might be sidelined for a little while longer

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Jason Heyward believes that his sore right groin has improved, but according to what Braves manager Bobby Cox told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Friday’s game against the Phillies, he isn’t as optimistic:

“I think it’s worse than day-to-day,” Cox said. “We’re gonna wait a few
more days and see if it gets better. Hopefully we don’t have to
disable him. That would be rough right now.”

Heyward has been limited to pinch-hit duties since being pulled from Wednesday’s game against the Nationals. His pinch-hit two-run single on Thursday is the only bit of offense the Braves have mustered over the past two nights. Craig weeps.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.