Craig Calcaterra

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant warms up before Game 3 of the National League baseball championship series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

UPDATE: Kris Bryant left the game because he rolled his ankle


UPDATE: Turns out Bryant leaving the game had nothing to do with being hit by two pitches. Rather, when he was running the bases after reaching in the third — the time he reached WITHOUT being hit by a pitch — he rolled his right ankle.

It must not be super serious — he stayed in the game for a bit after that — but it was enough to where it wasn’t worth risking any further damage.

4:18 PM: Tough day at the office for Kris Bryant.

The Cubs are playing the Brewers at Wrigley. They’re currently up 5-0 thanks to them teeing off against Taylor Jungmann, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. I haven’t been watching the game so I can’t tell if it was out of frustration or ineptness, but Jungmann hit Kris Bryant twice.

The first one was almost certainly unintentional, as it came with one out in the first inning and a man on first. The second one came in the fourth with the Cubs up by five already but it’s not like it followed a homer or something. There were two outs and a man on. Jungmann faced one more batter after that and walked him and then got yanked. I’d say it’s a 99.9% probability that he simply didn’t know where the ball was going and his manager took him out because he’s a danger to himself, others and the Brewers’ chances at making this game even remotely respectable.

No word on why Bryant is out yet, but presumably it’s because he’s already taken enough wear and tear in a game the Cubs are likely to win. If there is anything beyond that, we’ll update.

Trevor Hoffman, Dave Winfield named All-Star Game “Spokespeople”

Trevor Hoffman

Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield have been named the “official spokespeople” of the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Both, obviously, starred for the San Diego Padres during their careers. After the late Tony Gwynn they’re easily the two most famous Padres of all time, right? Have to be.

What do All-Star “spokespeople” do? Without looking I’m going to assume that they give evasive answers about the bad behavior of the All-Star Game and serve as a buffer between the press and the All-Star Game which, frankly, would prefer its privacy. Given the low ratings for past All-Star Games you’d assume that it had plenty of solitude already, but you can never be too sure.

OK, I’ll look:

As All-Star spokespeople, Hoffman and Winfield will help to generate public awareness for the 87th Midsummer Classic and its surrounding events. They also will participate in All-Star events and will make a variety of appearances throughout All-Star Week in San Diego, including attending MLB All-Star FanFest, ballpark events, community refurbishment projects and more.

There you have it. If, for some reason, you become unaware of the All-Star Game between now and mid-July, blame Winfield and Hoffman for dropping the dang ball or otherwise doing the job in a horses**t manner.

Bryce Harper will play in the World Baseball Classic . . . if other U.S. superstars do too

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper pumps his fist as he takes a curtain call after he hit a grand slam during the third  inning of an baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Washington. This was Harper's 100th home run of his career. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Next year is the World Baseball Classic and one of the biggest American stars tells CSNMid-Atlantic that he’s all-in. But only if other big-time American stars are too. Bryce Harper:

“I think when you really look at it, if the guys play that you really want to play with, then definitely I’ll play. But if we’re not going to have the opportunity to win, then I don’t want to play,” Harper told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “If we do that, then I’m definitely in. If not, I probably won’t do it.”

Harper named Noah Syndergaard, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Nolan Arenado as examples of players he’d like to see on the U.S. team. He says if the U.S. is not in it to win it, he doesn’t want to be in it.

The U.S. has not yet won it in the three previous WBCs. If whoever is in charge of the U.S. WBC team wants to win it, he should start making phone calls.