Joe Mauer takes over active career lead in batting average

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Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki are slowing down and Joe Mauer is on fire right now, which has allowed Mauer to take over the active career lead in batting average at .324.

Here’s the leaderboard:

Joe Mauer         .324
Albert Pujols     .323
Ichiro Suzuki     .321
Miguel Cabrera    .320
Todd Helton       .320
Joey Votto        .317
Ryan Braun        .313
Derek Jeter       .313
Matt Holliday     .312
Robinson Cano     .308

Not bad for a catcher.

Sean Doolittle to miss more time with stress reaction in bridge of left foot

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.

According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.

Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.