Dodgers unveil Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella statue giveaway

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Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 94th birthday. With that in mind, today the Dodgers unveiled a mini-statue of Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella that will be handed out to the first 40,000 fans who attend the April 15 game against the Padres. That date will mark the 66th year since Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

Yes, the Dodgers pretty much rule at promotional giveaways. I’m still incredibly jealous about that Vin Scully bobblehead from last year.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.