Happy 21st birthday: Phillies prospect Zach Collier suspended for amphetamines

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Phillies prospect Zach Collier, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The kicker: Today is his 21st birthday.

Collier is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who missed all of 2010 with injuries and spent this season at low Single-A, batting just .255 with a .328 on-base percentage and .349 slugging percentage in 112 games. He did swipe 35 bases, but was thrown out 13 times and managed just one homer while striking out 99 times.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Collier is the sixth Phillies prospect to be suspended this season, which is the most in baseball.

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.

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Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.

While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.

Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.