Davey Johnson is not in The Best Shape of His Life, but he’s preparing for it

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The Nationals manager may be 69 years-old, but if Danny Espinosa can’t play, it’s go-time:

This spring, Johnson brought a cup and jock strap. It’s hanging up in his locker right now … On Tuesday, a representatives from Dinger bats came through the Nationals clubhouse. Johnson sat down with him and asked, “Do you guys make any B267s?” …  He asked for 34 inches, 32 ounces. When it arrives, Johnson will have a full set of playing gear.

Sadly, however, Johnson said that he wouldn’t don the cup because “I’ve been waiting to get in a little better shape.”  So sadly he is not in … The Best Shape of His Life.  Or at least those parts of him for which he needs the cup are not.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.