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Rod Carew matched with a heart donor, will receive a transplant today

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A little over a year ago, Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated wrote about Hall of Famer Rod Carew’s health crisis. Following a massive heart attack that likely would’ve killed many, and following open heart surgery and the implantation of a mechanical ventricular assist device, Carew was placed on the heart transplant list.

Many more people are placed on that last than eventually receive transplants, of course. Some die before a donor can be found. Some are unable to regain enough health and strength to be able to withstand the operation. While many who get transplants can and do continue to lead healthy and productive lives afterward, getting to that point can be daunting.

Rod Carew, however, has gotten to that point. KCAL-TV reports that a donor has been found for him, and that overnight he and his wife traveled to Los Angeles where he will undergo the transplant today:

 

Good luck, Rod. Here’s hoping for the best.

A 30-year-old rookie won his major league debut

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The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.

That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.

Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.

The Nationals could pursue Sonny Gray

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.

The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.

Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.