I don’t mean to make light of anyone getting a potentially deadly disease, but I do find it rather interesting that a baseball team named after a pork packing and processing company has come down with swine flu:
All players and staff of the Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team will be tested for swine flu after two players and a coach contracted the virus, the Japanese Pacific League team said Wednesday.
major league outfielder Terrmel Sledge, pitcher Naoki Miyanishi and
head coach Junichi Fukura were confirmed to have contracted the virus
when 27 people were tested Tuesday.
Prior to Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Giants, the Astros announced that outfielder Josh Reddick has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a leg infection. Outfielder Jake Marisnick has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno.
Reddick, 31, has only started two games in the last week due to the leg issue, so it makes sense that the Astros would simply put him on the DL to free up the roster spot. He’s hitting .227/.331/.409 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 154 plate appearances this season.
Marisnick, 27, put up a 1.014 OPS in 23 plate appearances with Fresno. His major league numbers this season are much less impressive, batting .141/.151/.282 in 87 trips to the plate.