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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on prior to taking batting practice prior to the MLB game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on September 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Yasiel Puig gave a fan a souvenir and accidentally knocked her tooth out

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After catching the final out of Monday’s win against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Yasiel Puig noticed a group of Dodgers fans clamoring for a souvenir, so he threw the ball into the stands. The ball, unfortunately, struck Alyssa Gerharter in the mouth, knocking out her front tooth, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News Reports.

Gerharter was taken by ushers to a first aid room at the stadium, then went to the hospital. According to the report, her tooth has been reinserted and she hopes it will fuse with the bone which will prevent her from needing a replacement incisor.

Gerharter seemed to take the incident in good stride, posting selfies with her missing front tooth:

Puig, who can’t seem to do anything right this year, visited with Gerharter and they both held up a sign with the hashtag #PuigMyTooth, referencing the #PuigYourFriend meme that started in late April when Puig tweeted at Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

It’s good to hear that Gerharter appears to be fine after the incident and it was nice on Puig and the Dodgers’ part to reach out to her.

Braves acquire Josh Collmenter and Joe Wieland

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 15:  Josh Collmenter #55 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on July 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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The Braves announced the club made a pair of transactions on Wednesday, acquiring pitcher Josh Collmenter from the Cubs in exchange for cash considerations and pitcher Joe Wieland from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Collmenter, 30, missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury. He went on to post a 4.84 ERA with a 17/11 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before being released by the Diamondbacks in early August. He latched on with the Cubs on a minor league deal, making four starts for Triple-A Iowa. Despite good results, he was superfluous within the organization.

Wieland, 26, made only one appearance in the majors this year with the Mariners, allowing six runs over five innings in an August 12 start against the Athletics. The right-hander spent the rest of the year with Triple-A Tacoma, compiling a disappointing 5.43 ERA with a 118/39 K/BB ratio over 124 1/3 innings.

The last-place Braves have nothing to lose by adding pitching depth. Collmenter will be under team control through 2017, and Wieland will be under team control through 2019.

One Minnesota journalist doesn’t believe Joe Mauer’s decline is related to his concussion issues

CLEVELAND, OH -  AUGUST 1: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases on a solo home run during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota sports media has had an irrationally hateful relationship with former catcher and current first baseman Joe Mauer for some reason. It’s hard to understand why, as by all accounts Mauer seems like a nice, accountable guy.

Two years ago, for example, Bob Sansevere of the St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote, “Face it, the guy is brittle wherever you play him. So why not let him play where he’s happiest? Maybe he’ll get his batting average back over .300 if he’s not in sulk mode.” Sansevere added, “Bottom line here: [Manager Paul Molitor] has to stop the Mauer coddling and have him catch again.”

To be clear: a concussion is a serious issue. It’s an issue that the NFL ignored for decades and has now cost them many millions of dollars in settlements. Retired athletes who suffered concussions are at increased risk of suicide. Ryan Freel, for example, committed suicide in December 2012. It was later revealed that he was suffering from Stage II chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

Mauer revealed earlier this year that he had been dealing with blurred vision since suffering a concussion in 2013. The Twins moved him to first base after that season, showing how seriously they considered the issue, especially after former first baseman Justin Morneau went through a similar timeline.

One Minnesota journalist, however, isn’t buying it. Here’s Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune:

BUT, there’s something wrong here. You can’t go from great, to very good, and now to this, without a physical problem.

I never bought that it has been an ongoing problem from the concussions in 2013 that ended his career as a catcher.

[…]

I’ve long believed – again, pure speculation – that there was something chronic with his legs that Mauer started dealing with in 2011. Perhaps, one day we will discover that Joe was an admirable competitor to keep playing through … something.

This isn’t the first time Reusse has gone after Mauer. In September 2013, in reference to Mauer, Reusse tweeted the hashtag “#PlayYouSissies.” He wrote, “Mauer is poster boy for the ethic that has taken over Twins’ clubhouse. And Prince [Fielder] is same for the Tigers.” In another tweet, Reusse said, “Sign Prince for $23M and you get 100% of games. Sign Joe for $23M and — for whatever reason — you get 70%. Those are facts.” Finally, Reusse added, “#playyousissies is my battle cry for Twins of Target Field era … not of Mauer specifically. Concussion, OK; boo-boo on knee (Arcia), no.”

Well, apparently a concussion is not “OK” anymore.

Reusse’s hypothesis that Mauer’s concussion hasn’t affected his play is incorrect, as Aaron Gleeman points out:

It’s irresponsible to speculate about a player’s health with no medical facts behind it. It’s irresponsible to make light of concussions when it’s a serious issue not just in sports, but — for example — with veterans returning from combat. And what is the point of going after Mauer, who played in 158 of 162 games last year and 129 of 146 games this year? At first, the issue was he missed too much time. Now that he’s playing regularly, the issue is that the 33-year-old is not hitting the way he was when he was 26. Those are some fast-moving goalposts from Reusse.