I don't think wounded veterans care that Oliver Perez didn't visit them

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My guess is that just about every baseball team that visits the Nationals takes a side trip to Walter Reed Hospital to visit wounded vets. My guess is that just about every team has a few guys who don’t make the trip for whatever reason, be it business or personal. My guess, however, is that only the Mets have the combination of (a) touchy players; and (b) muckraking media covering them that turns such a common state of affairs into something newsworthy:

The
event perhaps also offered perspective on the Mets’ relationship with
the three most prominent players who skipped the non-mandatory event –
Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. All three have had
issues with the Mets recently.

Still, David Wright was disappointed that everyone didn’t go. “You’d
like to see everybody. I don’t think it’s big enough until you get
everybody.”

An alternative argument could be that (a) not every event “offers perspective” on the state of Mets personnel (sometimes things just happen); and (b) that our wounded veterans have already accomplished and suffered enough for our country that they really don’t need to pretend to enjoy spending time with Oliver Perez.

Dallas Keuchel to return to Astros’ rotation on Friday

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.

Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.

Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.