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Being on the disabled list is like being the walking dead


This is must-click material from Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. It’s about what it’s like to be on the disabled list. And what it’s like to be around guys on the disabled list.

It’s not about injuries. Those get fixed over time. It’s about the mental predicament of being on the DL. When the team is at home you can be around them, but you can’t help them. And it’s even awkward just to be around them because you’re worried that you’ll jinx them or something. And the healthy players don’t like to see you to be honest. It’s nothing personal. It’s just the weird politics and superstition of injury.

It’s a great read with some revealing and, frankly, sad comments from some current Washington Nationals players biding their time on the DL. Baseball’s limbo. Check it out.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.