Obama: the Cardinals are “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball”

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The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House today for the customary meet-and-greet with the President. During the ceremony he called the Cardinals “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.”

So you see there: the Braves didn’t collapse. The Cardinals came back. The President said so.

Anyway, not the usual star-studded White House visit as Albert Pujols (in Anaheim) and Tony La Russa (in some sort of secret hideout carved into a skull-shaped mountain) are no longer with the team.

Oh, and the rumor is that pitching coach Derek Lilliquist didn’t make it either. Seems they called him about the visit and said it was on Tuesday, but he thought they said to have Motte warm up alongside Rzepczynski.

I dunno either.

Brewers place Eric Thames on disabled list with torn UCL in left thumb

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On Wednesday, the Brewers placed first baseman Eric Thames on the 10-day disabled list with a torn UCL in his left thumb. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers recalled pitcher Brandon Woodruff from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Thames, 31, exited Tuesday’s game against the Royals before the bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, manager Craig Counsell expressed concern about his thumb. As MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports, Brewers GM David Stearns says that surgery is likely but not definite, but that he expects Thames to be back for a “significant” portion of the 2018 season.

Thames was hitting quite well for the Brewers, owning a .250/.351/.625 triple-slash line along with seven home runs and 13 RBI in 74 plate appearances. Jesus Aguilar should handle first base while Thames is out. Ryan Braun could also see some action at first base.