Brandon Moss has hip surgery

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We heard earlier this month that Brandon Moss was set for hip surgery and now we have more details. According to Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com, the Athletics announced that Moss had a torn labrum repaired as well as a clean-up procedure to an impingement in his hip.

Moss will use crutches for around four weeks and the expectation is that he’ll begin running in 12 weeks. The Athletics could take it easy with him early on in spring training, but it sounds like he should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.

Moss was selected to his first All-Star team this year after a huge first half, but he batted just .173 with four home runs and a .584 OPS over 58 games after the break. The hip injury provides context for his struggles.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”