J.P. Arencibia out six weeks after fracturing right hand

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More unfortunate injury news for the Blue Jays.

From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand during Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Athletics and will be out of commission for approximately six weeks.

The 26-year-old took a foul tip off the top of his hand in the top of the second inning and was replaced behind the dish by backup catcher Jeff Mathis. It didn’t take long for X-rays to reveal the break.

Arencibia did not make a plate appearance on Wednesday. He’s batting .242 with a .745 OPS, 16 home runs and 50 RBI through 81 games this season. Mathis will presumably become the Jays’ primary backstop.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.