Randy Wolf to join Orioles tomorrow as a reliever

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Baltimore is expected to add Randy Wolf to the roster tomorrow, which will allow the Orioles to include the 36-year-old left-hander on the playoff roster if they a) make the playoffs, and b) actually want him involved.

As for his role, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Wolf will be asked to work out of the bullpen for the first time since … well, ever basically. Wolf has just five career relief appearances, compared to 366 career starts, and hasn’t pitched multiple games out of the bullpen since he was a 24-year-old in 2001.

Wolf was released by the Brewers after posting a 5.69 ERA in 142 innings, but his secondary numbers weren’t out of line with the rest of his career–which is to say they were decent–and if spotted mostly versus left-handed batters he could be a useful middle reliever down the stretch.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.