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Here are your Wild Card and Division Series umpire assignments


Back in July Angel Hernandez filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball claiming that he was passed up for promotion and postseason assignments. That’s still pending, but in the meantime he’ll be working the postseason this year. At least part of it, as he’s been assigned to handle the Red Sox-Astros Division Series.¬†That, and all of the other umpire assignments for the Wild Card and first round of the playoffs were announced yesterday.

Among some of our other favorite umps, Laz Diaz gets the Cubs-Nats series. Joe West gets nothing, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be back for the League Championship Series or World Series. We are never too far from getting some Joe West in our lives.

Here are the assignments. Lodge your complaints in the comments, where Major League Baseball will get right on them, I am certain.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.