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Jose Quintana to debut for Cubs on Sunday

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Recently-acquired Cubs starter Jose Quintana will debut for his new team on Sunday in Baltimore against the Orioles, per CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs traded with the White Sox for Quintana on Thursday, sending four prospects in the deal.

Quintana, 28, has uncharacteristically struggled this season. He holds a 4.49 ERA with a 109/40 K/BB ratio over 104 1/3 innings. While his strikeout rate represents a career-best, his ERA, walk, and home run rates are also career-worsts. Moving from Guaranteed Rate Field to Wrigley Field figures to help deflate those numbers somewhat.

In related news, Mooney notes that Kyle Hendricks will make another rehab start with Double-A Tennessee on Monday. There was some thought that Hendricks would be activated for the start of the second half, but Quintana’s arrival gives the Cubs a little extra time to bring the right-hander along.

Video: Jaime Garcia hits a 399-foot grand slam

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Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.

The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.

Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.

As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:

Ryon Healy exits game after taking a ground ball to the face

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Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.

Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.

Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.