Craig Calcaterra

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Minor leaguer hustles infield popup into “triple”

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The quotes in the headline are there because it wasn’t really a triple. It was an E-3, with the runner advancing to third. But this shouldn’t be remembered simply as a fielding miscue. The batter deserves some serious kudos here for running a popup to the mound out and for continuing to hustle once he realized that the all of the infielders had left their posts, clearing the way for him to make it to third.

The batter/hustler was Randy Arozarena of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, who did this last night against the Midland Rockhounds in their Double-A game. No, not a triple but worthy of our admiration all the same:

Brad Mills will manage the American League All-Star Team

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Ken Rosenthal has some news regarding both Terry Francona’s health and the American League All-Star team which he was set to manage next week.

The health news: Francona underwent a catheter ablation to address an irregular heartbeat yesterday. That’s a pretty major procedure and it will sideline him for the time being. He’s expected to rejoin the Indians after the All-Star break.

As for the All-Star Game, Rosenthal reports that Indians bench coach Brad Mills will manage the team. Mills, and the entire Indians coaching staff, had already been selected by Francona to coach the team in Miami. Also selected was Rays manager Kevin Cash who will assist Mills.

Here is the official statement from the Cleveland Indians:

Thursday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic, Terry Francona underwent a cardiac ablation procedure to correct a cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). The arrhythmia was detected through diligent monitoring of Terry’s heart rhythm over the past several weeks.

Terry is resting comfortably at the Cleveland Clinic following the successful cardiac procedure. Terry is expected to make a full recovery and will be discharged within the next day or two. It is expected he will resume managing the team beginning Friday, July 14th and Major League Baseball has been informed he will not manage the All-Star Game in Miami.

The Cleveland Indians Organization would like to express sincere gratitude to the entire staff of professionals at the Cleveland Clinic for their care and treatment of Terry.

Here’s hoping Francona recovers quickly and is back with the Indians next week.

Brewers looking at Jose Quintana, Sonny Gray

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The Brewers are the surprise team of 2017 so far. They are 48-40, are guaranteed to be in first place in the NL Central at the All-Star Break and just beat the rival Cubs last night. Now, reports Jon Morosi, they’re prepared to be deadline buyers:

It’ll be interesting to see how Milwaukee proceeds. They have some decent prospects, but their thinking heading into the year had to have been that it was a building year, not a year in which they’d truly be competitive. GMs make the big bucks to pivot like that, however. If they can keep their foot on the throat of the Cubs via the addition of a starting pitcher, they should probably look to do it. It’s not going to be often, I suspect, for this Cubs team to struggle like this in the next several years, so perhaps the Brewers should take advantage of it.

As for Quintana and Gray: they’re not likely to be cheap given that they are under team control for multiple years (Quintana via options through 2020), but that also makes it less of a short term gamble for Milwaukee.