Diamondbacks release former ROY Bobby Crosby

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It was pretty much a given that none of the three players the Diamondbacks got from the Pirates in the Chris Snyder salary dump would turn into long-termers in Arizona. Bobby Crosby just happened to be the first to go, as he was released Tuesday to make room for Ryan Roberts on the roster.
Crosby received just 12 at-bats during his time in Arizona, collecting two doubles and two RBI. Overall, he’s hit .220/.294/.298 in 168 at-bats for the Pirates and Diamondbacks this season.
The 2004 AL Rookie of the Year with the A’s, Crosby started getting hurt as a sophomore and has played in 100 games in a season just once since. He posted an 802 OPS in 84 games in 2005, but he came in at 636, 619, 645 and 652 in his final four seasons in Oakland. This year will go down as his worst yet.
The other two players the Diamondbacks picked up, right-hander D.J. Carrasco and outfielder Ryan Church, haven’t fared any better. Carrasco has allowed 11 runs — five earned — and walked eight in 8 2/3 innings for his new team. Churck is 4-for-19 with one RBI and nine strikeouts. Neither is likely to open next season in the organization.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.