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Lou Brock was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma

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In a news release on Thursday, the Cardinals announced that former major leaguer Lou Brock was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has been undergoing treatment in St. Louis. KSDK 5 On Your Side provides a snapshot of the news release. Brock cancelled an appearance at Busch Stadium scheduled for April 25.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer caused by malignant plasma cells. Plasma cells are found in the bone marrow and are responsible for producing antibodies.

Brock, 77, has dealt with health issues recently. In October 2015, his left leg was amputated below the knee due to a complication with diabetes.

Brock played parts of 19 seasons in the majors with the Cubs and Cardinals. He racked up 938 stolen bases in his career, which was a major league record when he retired in 1979 and broken by Rickey Henderson in 1991. Brock also hit .293/.343/.410 and scored 1,610 runs.

We wish the best of luck to Brock and hope for a speedy recovery in his fight against cancer.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.