Brewers' Casey McGehee up to nine hits in nine at-bats

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Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee followed up a double in his final at-bat Tuesday with 4-for-4 days on both Wednesday and Thursday, giving him hits in nine straight at-bats headed into Friday’s game.
Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952) hold the major league record by picking up hits in 12 consecutive at-bats.
With another hit in his first at-bat Friday, McGehee would become the fourth player since 2000 to pick up hits in 10 straight at-bats. Frank Catalanotto did in 2000, which Bernie Williams reached 11 in 2002. The last to get there was Matt Diaz in 2006.
For what little it’s worth, the conditions will be pretty favorable for McGehee to extend his streak. The Brewers will be playing the first of three games in spacious Coors Field on Friday, and the Rockies will start the series by throwing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is awfully tough when he’s on, but he hasn’t been lately and he’s much more vulnerable to right-handed hitters.

Report: Rangers’ deal with Seung-hwan Oh is off

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The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.

Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.

While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.