Craig Calcaterra

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Miguel Sano injures his hamstring, gets called “soft”


The Twins placed outfielder Miguel Sano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Sano suffered the injury Tuesday while running to beat out a potential double play, allowing a run to score.

Nice hustle, right? “Nah,” says a member of the Minnesota media. Sano is soft:

I have never seen anything like the Minnesota media and its fixation on the idea that a person getting injured means that they’re soft. Recently Phil Hughes was called soft by a Twin Cities columnist for having a sore shoulder, as if a sore shoulder is somehow meaningless for a pitcher. Joe Mauer has been lambasted by the local media for years for having a DANG BRAIN INJURY THAT CAUSED BLURRED VISION. Now Sano strains his hamstring running hard to first base and he’s “soft.” What in the hell do they put in the water in Minnesota that makes so many keyboard jockeys the Arbiter of All That Is Manly and Tough? Morons, basically. Or else maybe they all have medical degrees and they’re just being coy about it. That has to be it.

Anyway, Sano said after the game that he expects to return from the disabled list as soon as his 15 days are up, which is totally what a soft pansy would say, the wimp. Max Kepler has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester to provide outfield depth.

Video: Fan dives for foul ball, gets a magical free beer instead


Sometimes fans will dive out of their seats and into the field of play in order to retrieve a foul ball. Sometimes they’ll get it, sometimes they won’t.

Sometimes, however, they’ll dive out of their seats and into the field of play in order to retrieve a foul ball and get something even better. Like, say, a beer someone hid or dropped behind the tarp.

It’s not a baseball but, hey, free beer:

Tigers closer Rodriguez says he contracted Zika virus


Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika virus over the offseason in his home country of Venezuela and advises potential Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the virus before heading to Rio de Janeiro.

Rodriguez told on Tuesday that he wouldn’t blame athletes for skipping the Olympics, and that “if they have plans to have kids in the future, you’ve got to think about it.”

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.

Rodriguez says he was bedridden for about two weeks with head and body aches, sore joints and other symptoms. It felt like he had a cold at first, but as symptoms worsened, he went for bloodwork that determined it was Zika. It took about two months until he felt normal again.

The World Health Organization last week rejected a call from 150 health experts to consider postponing or moving the Olympics due to Zika in hard-hit Brazil. WHO argued the shift would make no significant difference to the spread of the virus.

A number of possible Olympic participants have voiced concerns about Zika recently, including Pau Gasol, Serena Williams and Rory McIlroy. Gasol says he has considering skipping Rio altogether.

“It’s something people have to be careful with and worry about,” Rodriguez said. “There’s no vaccine for it. It’s not like you take a shot and (improve). … It could be global.”