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Diamondbacks shut down rookie Archie Bradley with shoulder injury

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Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley has struggled since returning from taking a line drive to the face, allowing 19 runs in 16 innings, and now the 22-year-old right-hander has been placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

Left-hander Robbie Ray was called up from Triple-A to take Bradley’s spot in the rotation.

During spring training several Diamondbacks decision-makers indicated that they didn’t feel Bradley was ready for the majors yet, but the consensus top-25 prospect ended up winning a job anyway and has posted a 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 22 walks in 36 innings.

Nationals activate Anthony Rendon from the disabled list for his season debut … as a second baseman

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Anthony Rendon is off the disabled list and will make his 2015 debut for the Nationals tonight after missing the first two months of the season with knee and oblique injuries.

Rendon played mostly third base last year while finishing fifth in the MVP voting as a 24-year-old, but he’s rejoining the Nationals’ lineup as a second baseman so that they can continue to play Yunel Escobar at third base.

If healthy Rendon is a huge addition to the Nationals. He’s a plus defensive player at second base or third base and hit .287 with 21 homers and an .824 OPS in 153 games last season to rank second among NL position players in Wins Above Replacement.

Rendon’s return means much less playing time for Danny Espinosa, who’s been the Nationals’ primary second baseman and now moves back into a bench role after hitting .246 with six homers and a .767 OPS in 44 games.

Astros plan to remove Tal’s Hill from outfield, move fences in for 2016 as part of $15 million renovation

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Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the Astros are planning a $15 million renovation to Minute Maid Park for 2016 that includes removing Tal’s Hill from the outfield and moving in the center field fence from 436 feet to 409 feet.

Astros owner Jim Crane indicated that the team wanted to use the extra space in center field to add concession stands and spots where fans can watch the game from the concourse.

Tal’s Hill, some people love it, some people hate it. We just thought it would be a better ballpark by moving that in. It will still be a very deep center field. There’s always been concern with the flag poles in play and danger in that and also the injuries going up the Hill, so we think this would be better for the players, utilize the space better and be a very pretty ballpark.

I’m generally in favor of ballparks having quirks, but a literal hill in center field always seemed to take that a bit too far and it created a lot more potential for weird plays and injuries than any sort of beautification or character.