Athletics hoping to get Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin back in June

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MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports that the Athletics expect to activate pitchers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin from the disabled list some time in June. Parker underwent Tommy John surgery in March and Griffin soon joined him with a Tommy John surgery of his own in April.

Parker, 26, has a career 3.68 ERA and a 275/127 K/BB ratio over 384 innings. The Athletics acquired him along with Ryan Cook and Collin Cowgill from the Diamondbacks in December 2011, trading away Craig Breslow and Trevor Cahill.

Griffin, 27, has a career 3.60 ERA and a 235/73 K/BB ratio over 282 1/3 innings.

The Athletics’ starting rotation entering the season figures to include Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Drew Pomeranz, and Jesse Hahn. Sean Nolin, Chris Bassitt, and Kendall Graveman will have an opportunity to make their case during spring training as well.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.