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Wei-Yin Chen might not pitch again in 2017

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Marlins’ left-hander Wei-Yin Chen doesn’t know when he’ll be able to take the mound again. Chen was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 5 with left arm fatigue and has been making slow progress with a series of bullpen sessions over the last couple of weeks. His latest session came to an abrupt end on Saturday after he “felt something” in his left elbow.

Club manager Don Mattingly didn’t give a specific timetable for Chen’s recovery, but it seems unlikely that the 31-year-old lefty will be cleared to rejoin the rotation within the next week, as previously expected. Chen missed 60 days on the disabled list with an elbow strain last summer, which was revealed as a partial UCL tear when he spoke to the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Tim Healey this April. No additional damage was found when the left-hander underwent an MRI on May 1, but his recent injury history and elbow discomfort don’t bode well for his chances of returning to the mound this year.

Per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

“At this point, you feel like you really can’t count on him in the near future when it happens like this,” Mattingly said. “Obviously, this is turning into more than what we thought it was going to be.”

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.

Topps has eliminated Chief Wahoo from both new and throwback card designs

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I’ve been out of the baseball card game for a good long time, but despite this — maybe because of this — I enjoy the posts from SABR’s Baseball Card Committee. A lot of that is old time stuff that old men like me enjoy — check out the airbrushing on the “Traded” cards! — but they talk about new cards too. Definitely worth your time if cards are now or have ever been your bag.

Today there’s an interesting post, pointing out something most of us wouldn’t have otherwise noted: Topps has dropped Chief Wahoo from Indians card designs. They’re doing it for the old Braves “screaming Indian” logo as well, though the Braves no longer use that themselves.

They’re not airbrushing these logos out of photos of players — that would be Orwellian even for my extreme Wahoo-hating tastes — but in card designs which have team logos, Topps is using the block-C logo, not Wahoo, and the Braves “A” logo in place of the old logo. This includes throwback issues like the Heritage sets which put modern players on card designs from the 1950s-1960s and on simple retro designs like their 1987 variations. Any cards which once featured Wahoo on the border or on the back now features the block-C.

As you may or may not know, Topps is now the official card producer for Major League Baseball. As such, I take their doing this as a sign that MLB is continuing the slow process of de-Chiefing in whatever areas it has ultimate say.

Now if only the Indians themselves would get on board.