Twins place Aaron Hicks on concussion disabled list

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Aaron Hicks left last night’s game after slamming his head into the outfield wall and now the Twins have placed the center fielder on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Hicks initially remained in the game, but was later removed for a pinch-hitter and afterward teammates described him as clearly displaying some post-concussion symptoms.

Sam Fuld, who was claimed off waivers from the A’s last week, will take over as Minnesota’s primary center fielder and now the Twins’ entire starting outfield is on the disabled list as Hicks joins left fielder Josh Willingham and right fielder Oswaldo Arcia.

Within the past few years Twins players to be sidelined by concussions include Hicks, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Ryan Doumit, and Wilkin Ramirez.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.