David Freese breaks big toe while already on the disabled list

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Already on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, Cardinals rookie third baseman David Freese broke his left big toe while working out yesterday.
According to manager Tony La Russa he was lifting weights and dropped a plate on his foot, but the good news is that Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports “the toe injury might not affect the timetable for Freese’s return.”
Or as La Russa put it: “They took an X-ray and it’s a little fracture. They are saying it might not be any longer then his ankle. So I really don’t know, but he has that to deal with as well.”
Finally given a chance in the majors at age 27 after knocking around minor-league pitching at every level, Freese hit .296/.361/.404 with better-than-expected defense in 70 games before landing on the DL. Felipe Lopez has started 18 straight games at third base in his absence.
The lesson, as always: Don’t work out. Or something.

Felix Hernandez dealing with “dead arm”

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Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is dealing with “dead arm” and will head back to Seattle to have his shoulder examined, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez was reportedly visibly upset and left the clubhouse quickly, declining to speak to the media, Divish adds.

Hernandez wasn’t long for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers, as he lasted just two innings, yielding four runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Mariners went on to lose 19-9. Hernandez is now carrying a 4.73 ERA over his first five starts.

Not much else can go wrong for the Mariners, who are now 8-13 in last place in the AL West. Mitch Haniger also suffered an oblique injury on Tuesday, joining what is becoming a lengthy list of dinged-up Mariners.

Video: Chris Coghlan dives home to beat the tag

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Blue Jays pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan found a creative way to beat the tag from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game.

With the score tied 2-2, the Jays had a runner on first base and one out as Kevin Pillar faced reliever Matt Bowman. Pillar drove a 1-1 fastball to deep right field. Stephen Piscotty leaped in an attempt to make the catch, but the ball caromed off the wall and back towards the field. Coghlan, who was on first, made his way around third towards home. Piscotty threw home past the cutoff man and the ball reached Molina on several bounces. As Molina went low to apply the tag, Coghlan went high, leaping into the air and somersaulting into home plate to score the go-ahead run.

The Blue Jays would go on to score two in the inning, but the Cardinals answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the seventh. As of this writing, the score remains tied at four apiece.