Cory Lidle statue vandalized in California

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A statue of former major league pitcher Cory Lidle was toppled by thieves late last week outside Big League Dream Park in West Covina, California. Three bronze plaques — valued at $6,000 — were stolen, and the statue itself was filled with drill holes.

“The vandalism to the Cory Lidle statue is a deplorable act by some despicable human beings,” West Covina City Mayor Steve Herfert told CBS Los Angeles. “To damage a statue memorializing the life of Cory Lidle is very personal to all of our residents. Cory’s life represents the hopes and dreams of every baseball player and kind person in our City.”

No suspects had been identified by West Covina Police as of Sunday morning.

Lidle, a native of Hollywood, California, died in 2006 when a plane he was piloting crashed into a high-rise on the east side of Manhattan. The right-hander made 277 career appearances at the major league level.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.