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Yunel Escobar exits game with wrist injury; X-rays come back negative

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UPDATE: Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com reports that Escobar left the game with a right wrist injury, but X-rays came back negative.

9:31 p.m. ET: Despite Anthony Rendon coming off the disabled list Thursday, the Nationals were planning to keep Yunel Escobar at third base and play Rendon at second base. Well, that arrangement lasted just one inning.

According to Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com, Escobar left tonight’s game against the Cubs with an apparent injury. Dan Kolko of MASN notes that Escobar appeared to grimace after he struck out swinging in the first inning. Rendon has moved over to third base while Danny Espinosa has entered the game to play second.

Escobar, 32, is batting .316/.376/.389 with two home runs and 14 RBI over 50 games this season.

Video: Defending World Series champion Giants visit the White House

US President Barack Obama poses with a jersey flanked by CEO Larry Baer (L) and manager Bruce Bochy  (R) of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in the East Room of the White House on June 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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With an off-day on the East Coast before beginning a series against the Phillies tomorrow, the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants visited the White House today. Check out the video below, courtesy of CSNBayArea.com:

The Giants have three World Series titles in the last five years, so President Obama has become well-acquainted with them during his time in office. In fact, he said that he seems “to be good luck for them.”

When discussing the various contributors to the team, President Obama mentioned the popular craze from last summer where fans made signs like “Hunter Pence Eats Pizza With a Fork” and “Hunter Pence Likes Godfather III.” Pence’s reaction was typical Pence:

Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com was on hand for the occasion and you can read his coverage here.

Kenley Jansen cleared to pitch Thursday

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws to the plate during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, May 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly revealed very little information to the media after Kenley Jansen was unavailable last night against the Rockies. Of course, Jansen has a history of heart problems, so this led to all sorts of speculation about his health. Fortunately, he’s just fine.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Jansen is available to pitch for tonight’s game against the Cardinals. He felt sick to his stomach during the game last night and was found to have high blood pressure after being checked by a doctor, so the Dodgers held him out as a precaution. As for why Mattingly didn’t elaborate on his condition after the game, he said he was respecting the player’s wishes. So that explains that.

Jansen got a late start on the season after foot surgery, but he’s been outstanding since rejoining the Dodgers’ bullpen, allowing just one hit and no walks over six scoreless innings to go along with 11 strikeouts and five saves.

Mariners designate Justin Ruggiano for assignment

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 15:  Justin Ruggiano #12 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Boston Red Sox at Safeco Field on May 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Justin Ruggiano
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One day after trading Welington Castillo the Diamondbacks in the Mark Trumbo deal, the Mariners have called up catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Tacoma while designating outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment.

Acquired from the Cubs over the winter, Ruggiano is batting just .214/.321/.357 with two home runs and three RBI over 81 plate appearances this season. However, he has produced an .823 against left-handed pitchers, which is basically what he was brought in for. Rickie Weeks has been worse in part-time duty, but the Mariners decided to keep him around instead.

The 33-year-old Ruggiano is making a $2.505 million salary this season, but he could draw some interest on the trade front.

Brian McCann day-to-day after tests come back negative on foot

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20:  Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Brian McCann was forced to make an early exit from Wednesday’s game against the Mariners due to right foot soreness, but the Yankees got some good news today.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, McCann is considered day-to-day after an MRI and a CT scan on his foot both came back negative. The 31-year-old backstop originally hurt his foot on May 24 and has been playing through pain since, but apparently it’s nothing serious.

After a strong finish to May, McCann is batting .248/.315/.452 with eight home runs and 33 RBI over 45 games this season. Of course, his value goes beyond what he does at the plate. According to Eno Sarris of FanGraphs, McCann has been the second-best defensive catcher in the game if you include his blocking, framing, and game-calling. Relying on John Ryan Murphy would be a pretty big downgrade, so the Yankees will have to hope that the foot issue doesn’t linger.