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Javier Baez suffers blurred vision after taking a knee to the eye

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez took an Ozzie Albies knee to his right eye while diving head first into second base in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves yesterday. He left the game in the third inning due to blurred vision.

Baez was examined at a Chicago hospital afterward. No concussion symptoms were initially reported, and the blurred vision was attributable to eye issues, not brain issues. That could certainly change, however, as sometimes blows to the head can lead to delayed symptoms and diagnosis. Baez was expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. His status going forward, however, is uncertain.

Baez is hitting .271/.315/.489 with 21 homers and 67 RBI on the year. He’s been playing mostly shortstop of late with Addison Russel on the shelf.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.