Author: Drew Silva

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Dodgers place Chris Hatcher on disabled list with left oblique strain, activate Scott Van Slyke


From the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Dodgers …

Van Slyke wound up missing just over two weeks with inflammation in the middle of his back. He is starting in left field and batting sixth in his return to action Wednesday night against Rangers lefty Wandy Rodriguez.

Hatcher is probably looking at a three-week absence. He felt a twinge in his oblique after a relief appearance Sunday against the Padres and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed the muscle strain. The 30-year-old right-hander has posted a rough 6.38 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 19/7 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings this season.

Video: Kyle Schwarber’s first MLB hit was an RBI triple

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This probably could have been charged as an error on Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, but let’s give it up for the kid: Kyle Schwarber’s first major league hit will go down forever as an RBI triple …

Schwarber, one of the top catching prospects in the minor leagues, will be up in the bigs for the next week to serve as the Cubs’ designated hitter for a six-game stretch in American League parks. The 22-year-old was batting .320/.438/.579 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI through 58 games this season at Double-A Tennessee.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on Astros hack: “Unequivocally, I knew nothing about this …”

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak issued a fairly vanilla statement Wednesday morning on the allegations that his organization had hacked into “Ground Control,” the Astros’ internal communication and evaluation system. Here is Mozeliak’s statement in full, via a press release from the Cardinals …

“The alleged conduct has no place in our game. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in every facet of our organization. It has been that way forever and is certainly true today. We are committed to finding out what happened. To the extent we can substantiate that these allegations have merit, we will take appropriate action against anyone involved.”

Not much there to work with. But in a followup interview Wednesday evening with Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Mozeliak opened up. We’re pulling quotes here. You should read the entire article.

“It’s frustrating,” Mozeliak told USA Today, “and to some degree, a level of embarrassment. Dealing with this is not easy. We always have taken a lot of pride to do things right. We want to get to the bottom of this. We’re in the same position as the government, to get to the bottom of it, and we’re cooperating with them to do so.

“Unequivocally, I knew nothing about this. I don’t know the outcome of this, or where it’s going to go, but our hope is that when everything comes to light, people will realize that it wasn’t something that was organizational-wide. It shouldn’t be something that takes away from any of the success this organization has had.”

As the hours and days go by since the initial New York Times report, this hack or breach or whatever you want to call it is looking more and more like the work of a few lower-level analysts in the Cardinals’ system. It’s still a very serious offense — jail time and fines could be coming for the perpetrators — but it’s probably not something that Mozeliak or anyone high up in the Cardinals organization purposely coordinated.

That doesn’t mean that Mozeliak is completely in the clear. What if the person or people who gained access to “Ground Control” then passed that information up the chain? Even a single email to an address connected to Mozeliak could spell trouble. Federal investigators are known to be looking into the Cardinals’ internal communications — they seized hard drives from Busch Stadium in February. Also at play here is that new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is probably going to want to set some kind of precedent for cyber crime.