Sean Burnett shut down for a month with elbow injury

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The good news for Angels reliever Sean Burnett is that an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his injured elbow and doctors have told the left-hander he won’t need surgery.

The bad news? Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Burnett will be completely shut down for at least a month, at which point he’ll start throwing again and see where he’s at. In other words, there’s seemingly a pretty good chance Burnett has thrown his last pitch for the Angels this season.

Burnett signed a two-year, $8 million deal this offseason after leaving the Nationals as a free agent and October surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow kept his price tag down, so the Angels knew what they were getting into.

Bryce Harper activated from the disabled list

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The Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list.

They were expected to activate Harper yesterday but they didn’t because Harper was suffering from an illness. He’s better today so he should be in the lineup against the Phillies.

Harper has been out since August when he slipped on a wet first base bag and was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee. That interrupted an MVP-caliber season in which he was hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI, and 92 runs scored in 472 plate appearances. While the postseason awards are out of his reach, the Nats will be content to get him back up to speed in time for what looks to be a first round playoff matchup against the Chicago Cubs.

Someone stole Trevor Bauer’s drone

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Last year Trevor Bauer‘s playoff availability — and performance — was impacted in a major way by a drone injury. Specifically, Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand while repairing one of the drones he designs, builds and flies.

Now, a little over a week before the Indians begin the defense of their American League pennant, Bauer is embroiled in further drone drama. He tweeted this afternoon that his drone “IronMan” has been stolen. He has implored the public for Iron Man’s safe return so that he need not risk his pinky finger with yet another October drone injury:

I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Indians themselves stole the drone so that Bauer does not mess with it anymore until the season is over. They need him too badly.