Dallas Braden undergoes MRI, only has shoulder inflammation

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The A’s placed left-hander Dallas Braden on the 15-day disabled list earlier this week with discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

On Wednesday, they got a promising diagnosis from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum.

According to our good friends at CSN Bay Area, an MRI taken of Braden’s left shoulder revealed only inflammation and no structural damage.

He’s still going to miss the next two weeks of action, but Braden will not require surgery and should be cleared to begin a throwing program shortly.

The A’s have already entrusted Braden’s vacant rotation spot to promising 23-year-old right-hander Tyson Ross, who will make his first big league start of the 2011 season on Friday night against the light-hitting Mariners.

Braden left behind a 3.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He should be ready to return by the second week of May.

Yankees get into esports, announce investment partnership with Vision Esports

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The Yankees have announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports. Vision Esports is the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies, which includes Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment. The size of the investment was not disclosed.

Echo Fox was founded by former NBA player Rick Fox. The team has players from some of the most popular titles, including League of Legends, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros.

Twin Galaxies tracks retro video game world records. Vision Entertainment creates esports content across various platforms.

This is not the first intersection of baseball and esports. Earlier this year, pitcher Trevor May joined esports team Luminosity. Other teams, particularly in the NBA, have gotten involved in esports. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired esports teams Dignitas and Apex.