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Alex Colome’s Players Weekend Jersey is . . . interesting

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As we noted yesterday, as part of “Players Weekend” on August 25-27, teams will wear bright, pullover alternative jerseys which, if they so choose, will feature nicknames on their backs. Some of the nicknames are pretty good. Some are lame. Some players chose not to pick a nicknames which, per Geddy Lee, means they still made a choice. A boring one, but it’s a free country.

One player, however, chose a pretty interesting nickname. That player is Alex Colome, the closer for the Tampa Bay Rays. This is what he chose:

Good name for a pitcher, right? You want to be the horse your team can ride when it needs to! But I also wonder if there is something else going on.

You may or may not recall that back in 2014 Colome was suspended for PEDs. The drug he took: Boldenone. Here’s what Boldenone, which a lot of athletes have abused in the past, was actually developed for:

Equipoise (Boldenone Undecylenate Injection) is a long-acting injectable anabolic agent for horses, supplied in a vial providing 50 mg boldenone undecylenate per mL in sesame oil with 3% (w/v) benzyl alcohol as a preservative.

Yep: “anabolic agent for horses.”

The best nicknames are earned, not merely given. And self-effacing humor is one of the more attractive traits an otherwise confident person can have. As such: well played, Alex.

Clayton Kershaw could return on September 1

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Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.

Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.

The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.

Ian Kinsler was fined for ripping umpires publicly. Brad Ausmus says it’s the largest fine he’s seen in 25 years.

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Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.

After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”

Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”

As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.