A.J. Burnett to pitch the rest of the season with an inguinal hernia

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A.J. Burnett left his last start on Friday with soreness in his groin. Today he was diagnosed with a a small inguinal hernia, reports Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He’ll make his next start on Wednesday and, based on his discomfort level, he will attempt to pitch through the remainder of the season with it. It’s apparently something that is fairly common and can be managed with injections.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.