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Ian Desmond to undergo hand surgery

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Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond will undergo surgery to fix his broken left hand, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Desmond suffered the injury on Sunday afternoon during a Cactus League game against the Reds. Rookie Davis hit him on the hand with a fastball.

A recovery timetable is not yet known, but Groke suggests it could be between several weeks and multiple months.

Mark Reynolds is likely to fill in at first base while Desmond is out. Last season, the 33-year-old hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 441 plate appearances.

Desmond, meanwhile, has had a nightmarish start to his first year with the Rockies after signing a five-year, $70 million contract in December. He hit .285/.335/.446 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI with the Rangers last season and represented the Rockies’ marquee acquisition of the offseason.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.