Carlos Marmol went AWOL because he needed to “take a mental break”

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Carlos Marmol pitched three and two-thirds ineffective innings from the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate in Louisville and then was placed on the restricted list because, according to the Reds, he “left the club without permission.” His agent explained to Jon Heyman what happened:

“A lot has happened in the past year and he decided to go to the Dominican. We aren’t sure when or if he will return this year . . . he just wants to take a mental break. Physically he is fine. He was still throwing in the mid-90s.”

Marmol’s agent said that Marmol wasn’t really AWOL, but that the Reds “weren’t happy” and that he “understands them being upset.”

That makes one of us. If the current version of Carlos Marmol left the team I was trying to make win games and was trying to get fans to come and see I’d be pretty OK with it.

Report: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.