Must-click link: Remembering Greg Spira

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I didn’t know Greg Spira well, but got a chance to see him each year at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention and he was a great guy despite getting a raw deal health-wise.

He’ll definitely be missed and Evan Drellich of MLB.com wrote a very nice remembrance of Spira and his baseball research:

Influential researcher Spira dies at age 44

Carlos Carrasco pitches during game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.