Tony Gwynn Jr. likely to miss rest of season with broken hand


Tony Gwynn Jr. has started 70 of 119 games in center field for the Padres, but they’ll likely be without him for the rest of the season thanks to a broken hamate bone in his right wrist.
Gwynn has been one of the worst hitters in the league, batting just .212/.313/.299 in 327 plate appearances, but he’s drawn a bunch of walks, swiped 17 bases at an 81-percent clip, and plays excellent defense in center field.
Chris Denorfia figures to be the Padres’ primary center fielder down the stretch, although Scott Hairston and perhaps Will Venable or Luis Durango could also see some action there.
San Diego signed Jody Gerut to a minor-league contract this afternoon, which is interesting because a) he has quite a bit of experience in center field, and b) he’s the guy the Padres traded to the Brewers to get Gwynn Jr. in May of last year.

Jason Kipnis plans to play through a disgusting-looking ankle sprain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 14:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians fields the ball against the Toronto Blue Jays during game one of the American League Championship Series at Progressive Field on October 14, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason Kipnis sprained his ankle while celebrating the Indians ALCS win over the Blue Jays. In the runup to tonight’s game, Terry Francona has said that Kipnis would be fine, that he’s a gamer, etc., etc. You know, the usual “when the bell rings, all of the aches and pains go away” kind of thing.

Today, however, we see that this sprained ankle is maybe not your run-of-the-mill late season bump or bruise:


Um, yikes.

Indians beat writer jumps in Lake Erie to settle a bet

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Back in September Cleveland Plain Dealer beat writer Paul Hoynes ruffled a lot of feathers when he declared the Indians DOA. His rationale: too many injuries to Indians starters weakened the club too greatly. Even if they did make the playoffs, Hoynes argued, they wouldn’t go far.

A reader made a bet with him at the time: if the Indians didn’t make the World Series, he’d jump in Lake Erie. If they did, Hoynes would.

Today Hoynes made good on his bet. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a baseball writer drop trou, by the way: