Nick Hundley’s nightmare season ends with knee surgery

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Nick Hundley signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Padres in January, but it’s been all downhill from there.

Hundley batted just .166 with three home runs and a .485 OPS in 55 games prior to being demoted to Triple-A Tucson in late June. The 28-year-old backstop suffered a hamstring injury during his time in the minors, but found his way back to the majors earlier this month while Yasmani Grandal was on the disabled list with an oblique injury. However, he appeared in just three games before being placed on the disabled list with a right knee injury. Making matters worse, Corey Brock of MLB.com is reporting that he’ll undergo season-ending surgery Wednesday to repair a torn meniscus.

Hundley actually suffered the injury way back in April, so that would certainly explain his season-long struggles. He’ll likely be 100 percent by spring training, but his future with the Padres is in doubt now that Grandal has seemingly jumped him on the depth chart.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.