Nyjer Morgan to return to DL with broken finger

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Just one day after coming off the DL, Nyjer Morgan suffered an injury that will put him right back on it.  He broke his left middle finger on a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning Thursday and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

With Morgan on the disabled list, the Brewers will go back to Carlos Gomez in center field.  Gomez, who was supposed to be the starter this year, was benched after Morgan was activated on Tuesday.    He’s hitting .234/.275/.315 in 111 at-bats this season.

Morgan has hit .379 with two triples and two doubles in 29 at-bats during his limited action with the Brewers.  The Brewers will probably bring back Brandon Boggs to replace him on the roster, assuming that he remains in the organization.  He was bumped from the 40-man roster on Wednesday and has the right to elect free agency if he chooses.  If Boggs leaves, then Jeremy Reed could get another chance.

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.