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Former Met Anthony Young has an inoperable brain tumor

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Some unfortunate news for an ex-big leaguer. Anthony Young, who pitched for the Mets, Cubs and Astros from 1991 through 1996, has an inoperable brain tumor. It is not clear if the tumor is malignant. The Mets said the other day that Young is undergoing treatment and is doing well, but there aren’t really any further details.

While Young’s MLB career was not illustrious, it was memorable. Young made headlines when he dropped 27 straight decisions as both a starter and a reliever with the Mets from 1992-93. He was not a bad pitcher, though. Just profoundly unlucky and cursed with terrible run support. Between 1992 and 1994 he was stuck with 27 no-decisions. For his career he had an ERA of 3.89 which amounted to an ERA+ of exactly 100, which is league average.

Best wishes to Young as he contends with this unfortunate diagnosis.

(h/t to reader sawxalicious, who gave me the heads up in a comment)

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.