On Tuesday, we learned that on August 4, Astros minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence committed at Whataburger Field, the home of the Astros’ Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi.
Commissioner Rob Manfred handed Vasquez an indefinite suspension, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. The Astros have released Vasquez, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Vasquez had been on unpaid administrative leave since August 4.
Vasquez, 22, had been in the Astros’ organization since 2013. This season, at Double-A, he hit .265/.322/.374 in 233 plate appearances.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper came into Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Rockies homerless since July 20. He ended his power outage in spectacular fashion, blasting a two-run home run to right-center field at Coors Field that went 481 feet.
Harper is having what would be to most other players a great season. But because he set the bar so high with his performance last year, his 2016 campaign is considered a disappointment. He’s hitting .241/.383/.455 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI this year.
The Phillies shut starter Aaron Nola down for the season, moving him to the 60-day disabled list after he was diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of his UCL and a low-grade strain of the flexor tendon in his right elbow, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
Nola saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and received a platelet-rich plasma injection. He’ll be shut down from baseball activities for the next four weeks, and then the Phillies will ramp up his workload, Montemurro adds. The Phillies expect Nola to be ready for spring training next year, as does Nola.
Nola, 23, struggled for much of the season, putting up a 4.78 ERA with a 121/29 K/BB ratio in 111 innings. The Phillies selected him in the first round — seventh overall — in the 2014 draft. He impressed in 13 major league starts last season, his first season in the big leagues.