Jason LaRue could miss the rest of the season

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I’m guessing that Dusty Baker may want to bump Johnny Cueto’s next start against the Cardinals to, oh, 2024 or so:

Catcher Jason LaRue, who suffered a concussion last Tuesday
when he was kicked in the head by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto
reportedly still is having issues and his return is not
imminent.

Asked if LaRue might be out for the season, general manager John
Mozeliak said today, “I’m concerned. I don’t think we’ve crossed
the bridge yet to determine if he’s going to miss the remaining
part of the season.

“But given the fact that we’re now 10 days out (actually eight)
from that injury, it’s concerning. Right now I think we’re just
going to let him have some rest and get away from this a little and
he’ll be reevaluated early next week.”

LaRue, of course, suffered the concussion when he was
kicked in the head by Cueto during that fracas in Cincinnati last week.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.