Post-concussion symptoms send Denard Span back to DL

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Denard Span returned from the disabled list two weeks ago despite admitted that he wasn’t fully recovered from a June 3 concussion, suggesting that after two months on the sidelines he felt like it was time to try to push through the symptoms.

That has proven to be a big mistake, as Span went 2-for-35 (.057) and continued to experience post-concussions symptoms, sitting out games while trying to adapt to new medication. And now the Twins are putting him back on the DL.

Span’s attempt to push through the symptoms and get back in the lineup was equals parts noble and misguided, as the situation shows once again that being tough has nothing to do with recovering from a brain injury.

Justin Morneau and Jason Bay missed the entire second half of last season following concussions, Brian Roberts may end up missing the entire second half of this year, and now Span is out indefinitely again after two months off proved insufficient.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”