Nationals rookie Taylor Jordan reaches innings limit

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It’ll get slightly less attention than shutting down Stephen Strasburg last season, but the Nationals have shut down rookie Taylor Jordan after he reached 142 total innings between the majors and minors.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the initial plan called for Jordan to make a couple more starts, but his recent back problems convinced the Nationals to just shut him down now. Jordan underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in 2011 and logged just 54 total innings last season.

Despite missing the final six weeks Jordan had a heckuva season, advancing all the way from Single-A to the big leagues by posting an incredible 1.00 ERA in the minors. And then he more than held his own as a 24-year-old rookie, throwing 52 innings with a 3.69 ERA and 29/11 K/BB ratio for the Nationals.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.