AT&T Park is the most vegetarian-friendly ballpark in the big leagues

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At least according to PETA, which last week ranked the top 10 most veggie-friendly ballparks. I’m just seeing it now, which is rather shocking. PETA is not normally the sort of organization that is bad about letting people know what they’re doing.

Anyway: the top 10:

1. AT&T Park
2. Citizens Bank Park
3. PNC Park
4. Citi Field
5. Nationals Park
6. Coors Field
7. Safeco Field
8. Fenway Park
9. Rogers Centre
10.Turner Field

Not too surprising about AT&T or Citizen Bank — San Francisco has been at the top of this list a couple of times and Philly was #1 a couple of years ago — and the Braves make total sense given that they have a Waffle House on-site. They’re not vegan, but you can totally veg-out on waffles.

Marcus Stroman dealing with blister again

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Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.

Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.

While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.