Pirates manager John Russell says Lastings Milledge 'looks like he's ready' to play every day

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For the past month or so the Pirates have used a quasi-platoon in right field with Ryan Church starting against righties and Lastings Milledge playing versus lefties, but manager John Russell said yesterday that’s going to change in the second half.
Milledge will now be more or less an everyday player, in part because he’s played well and in part because Church is hitting .176. He’s yet to turn into the type of player many projected when he was a top-ranked prospect in the Mets’ farm system, but Milledge is still just 25 years old and has hit .276/.347/.392 in 74 games this season.
Of course, that’s nothing special for a corner outfielder and his splits reveal an excellent .318/.431/.518 line versus lefties compared to a terrible .255/.297/.327 mark against righties. In other words, Russell wants to see Milledge play regularly because “he’s earned it” in a role that gave him favorable matchups but through 1,055 career plate appearances versus right-handing pitching he’s hit just .261/.317/.385.

Scott Feldman underwent season-ending knee surgery

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that starter Scott Feldman underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation on Friday.

Feldman, 34, made 21 starts this season, posting a 4.77 ERA with a 93/35 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He’s a free agent after the season but may have to settle for a minor league deal going into 2018 given his age and recent injury woes.

MLB to implement code of conduct for fans next year

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Following an embarrassing scene at Fenway Park earlier this year in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted with racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him, Major League Baseball will implement a universal code of conduct for fans at major league ballparks starting next season, ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, “We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks. We will be issuing a league-wide fan code of conduct for the 2018 season.”

As Lauber notes, every team has its own code of conduct but some are more thorough than others. The Red Sox added “hate speech” to their code of conduct after the Jones incident and Major League Baseball, unsurprisingly, wants to make sure fans at every ballpark are clear on what behaviors will and will not be tolerated.

Since the Jones incident, Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to be more inclusive, though Kennedy clarified that “there’s not been any directive or mandate.”