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Yankees prospect Thairo Estrada shot in hip in January


Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced this afternoon that Yankees infield prospect Thairo Estrada was shot in the hip during a robbery attempt in his native Venezuela at the end of January.

The good news: Estrada is in Tampa at Yankees camp and is recovering OK. He’s expected to be fully recovered soon and is expected to play the bulk of the season.

Estrada, who will turn 22 last week, has been in the Yankees organization since he was 16. Last year he took a big step forward, though, appearing for a time in Yankees major league camp and then having a fine season at Double-A Trenton, hitting .301/.353/.392 in 122 games, showing excellent plate discipline for a guy who is younger than most of his league, and making the Eastern League All-Star team.

Here’s hoping Estrada makes a speedy recovery.

The Milwaukee Brewers perform “The Sandlot”

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A lot of teams do funny promo videos during spring training. The Seattle Mariners have led the league in this category for years now, with their marketing and p.r. folks producing and a lot of game and sometimes hammy players starring in some excellent clips. They’re doing them again this year, if you’re curious.

The Milwaukee Brewers have hopped on the humor train in 2018, and their latest entry in this category of commercials is excellent. It’s their riff on “The Sandlot.”

The biggest difference: Smalls really could kill you in this one. Brett Phillips is a lot more jacked than the kid who played Scotty in the original was.

The Beast, however, is just as terrifying now as he was in 1993.