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FILE - In this April 16, 2016, file photo, Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela (50) delivers to the Baltimore Orioles during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Kela has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone spur and will be sidelined about three months. The procedure was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, on Friday, April 26, 2016, a day after Kela was placed on the disabled list. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert, File)
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Rangers reliever Keone Kela to miss three months

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Texas Rangers reliever Keone Kela had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone spur today and will be out for about three months. Kela, 23, experienced pain Tuesday when he pitched against the Astros. Losing him is a blow to an already struggling Rangers pen, which has the worst ERA in the American League.

Texas called up right-hander Phil Klein from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to replace Kela.

Dave Roberts complains about the “shoddy” playing surface at Turner Field

FILE - In this April 8, 2005 file photo, The Atlanta Braves, right, and the New York Mets stand on the baselines at Turner Field in Atlanta during opening day ceremonies. The Atlanta Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving into a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium complex in Cobb County in 2017. Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, that the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.(AP Photo/John Bazemore/File)
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The Braves are playing their last season at Turner Field. They’re also in cost-cutting mode all around. Put those two things together and it’s not hard to imagine that they’re going to cut some corners in their Dead Stadium Walking.

But one corner that shouldn’t be cut, as a matter of player health and safety and out of simple fairness and clean baseball, is the playing surface. Yesterday, there was a report that the Braves players are going to complain to the union about the quality of the surface.

But it’s not just a complaint from the local nine. Today Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, fresh from a series against the Braves, told Cliff Floyd and Casey Stern of SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel that the Turner Field surface is shoddy:

Casey Stern:  “Braves players are possibly going to complain to the union about Turner Field. … What did you see, if anything, about the conditions of the field in Atlanta over the last few days you played there?”

Dave Roberts:  “Yeah, I was extremely disappointed.  And it’s no surprise that those (Braves) players are complaining about it because imagine playing 81 games there.  This is Major League Baseball.  There are going to be some important games played in that ballpark this year and to have a shoddy surface dictate outcomes is unfortunate.  We had some errors there and the players, our guys, will own it.  But I think that the playing surface, you know, no one wants extra work there because the field gets beat up and you see Corey Seeger lose his footing.  It’s almost, I mean, I think that we get spoiled up here but it’s the Major Leagues and it should be the best of the best.  And it’s a little unacceptable to me.”

The audio can be heard below.

I am sure the Braves will fire back hard with comments and will deny that there is anything wrong with the surface. I am sure that they will claim that anyone saying otherwise is not “telling the whole story” or something similarly P.R.-speaky. But if their own players are complaining and the manager of a team that just cleaned the local guys’ clocks and who won’t be coming back to the ballpark again is freely saying it on a national radio broadcast, there is likely fire to that smoke.

It’s bad enough that the Braves are abandoning the city they’ve called home and a stadium that that is less than 20 years old for what can only be described as a cash grab in the form of a new, taxpayer-subsidized suburban ballpark. But to skimp on the playing surface in their final year is a disgrace.

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The Nationals are selling “Make Baseball Fun Again” merch in their team store

FILE - In this July 21, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pauses in the dugout during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. Mike Trout turned 24 on Friday, and he and Bryce Harper could become the youngest pair of MVPs in major league history if they win this year.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Bryce Harper’s now-famous “Make Baseball Fun Again” cap was meant as a somewhat iconoclastic statement against baseball’s boring orthodoxy. A little over a month later it has been coopted by the suits, as the Nationals are now selling “Make Baseball Fun Again” merch in their team store:

The cycle of counterculture-to-consumer product in this country must now be measured in microseconds.

Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello suspended for PEDs

Toronto Blue Jays' Chris Colabello tries to get fans up and cheering during the second inning against the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of baseballs American League Division Series in Toronto on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Wow, this is a big name for one of these things. It’s usually minor leaguers. Not this time.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Chris Colabello has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Colabello is effective immediately.

That drug is a plain old run-of-the-mill anabolic steroid. Like, East German Swimmer stuff. Crazy.

Colabello has played in 10 games this year and isn’t hitting at all, going 2-for-29 in 32 plate appearances. He was a key part of the Jays attack last year, however, putting up a .321/.367/.520 line with 15 homers in 101 games.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Friday’s Action

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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A full slate of night games tonight.

Among the interesting matchups is Sonny Gray for the A’s vs. the BSOHL All-Star Aaron Sanchez. A battle of Jons in Cincinnati, one you’ve heard of, one you probably haven’t. Jonathon Niese is going too. I feel like he used to be a Jon, but the probables list him as “Jonathan.” Another Jon is pitching in Colorado.

Bunch of parents prejudiced against the letter “h” I guess. Well, not Zach Davies’ parents. They went with the “h” instead of the “k” which has become far more prominent. He’s pitching tonight. No Zacks though.

In other name news, this will be the 214th start from the same man named “Gio” without it being interrupted by any other Gios starting. That has to be some kind of record. We have a Jarred going. Tough name. A lot of different ways to spell it. Between that and the Derek/Derrick problems that have plagued the league for a good two decades, it’s almost impossible to write about baseball correctly. My job is really hard you guys.

Anyway:

Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore) @ New York Yankees (CC Sabathia), 7:05 PM EDT, Yankee Stadium

Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 7:07 PM EDT, Rogers Centre

Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) @ Cincinnati Reds (Jon Moscot), Great American Ball Park

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EDT, Comerica Park

New York Mets (Matt Harvey) @ Atlanta Braves (Bud Norris), 7:35 PM EDT, Turner Field

Boston Red Sox (Steven Wright) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 8:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

Philadelphia Phillies (Aaron Nola) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies), 8:10 PM EDT, Miller Park

Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana), 8:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field

Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ Kansas City Royals (Chris Young), 8:15 PM EDT, Kauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir) @ Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray), 8:40 PM EDT, Coors Field

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jonathan Niese) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 9:40 PM EDT, Chase Field

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano), 10:05 PM EDT, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Miami Marlins (Jarred Cosart) @ San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija), 10:15 PM EDT, AT&T Park