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Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz hospitalized with blood clots in right arm


Scary stuff here for Braves rookie Mike Foltynewicz, via Mark Bowman of MLB.com

The Braves were looking forward to the opportunity to see Mike Foltynewicz make at least a couple more relief appearances over the season’s final weeks. But they are now simply concerned about the health of their talented young pitcher, who has been hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm.

Foltynewicz felt some discomfort on Thursday and was rushed to the emergency room when he arrived at Turner Field on Friday with redness and swelling around his right arm. He has since remained at Piedmont Hospital to undergo further evaluations.

“We’re just trying to evaluate where it would go from here,” Braves assistant general manager John Coppolella told MLB.com on Sunday. “Our first and foremost thoughts are just for his health and that he is OK. As we keep going through this, we should learn more going forward.”

Foltynewicz had a nearly-two-week battle with pneumonia earlier this month, but the Braves don’t believe the clotting is related.

The 23-year-old former first-round pick was acquired from the Astros in January as part of the Evan Gattis trade. He’s registered a 5.71 ERA and 77/29 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings (15 starts, three relief appearances) this season for Atlanta.

Cal Ripken Jr. ended his consecutive games played streak 17 years ago today

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On this date in 1998, Cal Ripken Jr. elected to end his record consecutive games played streak at 2,632.

He attempted to do it quietly, telling then-manager Ray Miller to remove his name from the lineup card shortly before first pitch, but the crowd at Camden Yards quickly caught on and so did the Yankees in the visitors dugout.

You can relive that moment here

Twins curiously want Torii Hunter back for “at least one more season”

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Torii Hunter is batting just .245 with a .298 on-base percentage in 516 plate appearances this season and he turned 40 years old in July, but the Twins have still been quite pleased with their reunion with the veteran outfielder and apparently want to continue it.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe heard from a Twins official this weekend that the club wants Hunter back for “at least one more season,” largely because of the impact he’s made in the clubhouse. Hunter, who signed a one-year, $10.5 million free agent contract last winter, hasn’t committed to playing in 2016.

Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, and Aaron Hicks would presumably make up the Twins’ starting outfield in 2016 if Hunter does not return. That’s a good, young, high-upside group.

The money that would be committed to Hunter could be better used on upgrades to other parts of the roster.