MLB investigation shows Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart illegally gambled on sports, but did not bet on baseball

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MLB has concluded its investigation into allegations that Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart gambled on sports, releasing the following statement:

The investigation did not reveal any evidence to suggest that Cosart, who fully cooperated with the investigation, bet on baseball.  Cosart has received an undisclosed fine for violations of Major League Rule 21(d)(3) that were revealed during the investigation.  Major League Rule 21(d)(3) prohibits players from placing bets with illegal book makers, or agents for illegal book makers.  This rule is strictly enforced and applies to gambling with illegal bookmakers on any sport or event.

That’s a lot of legalese, but it seems to suggest MLB proved Cosart bet on other spots but did not bet on baseball.

This whole thing came to light publicly last week when screenshots showing Cosart talking about betting “large” were tweeted. Cosart responded by first deleting his tweets and then deleting his entire account. And then the next day he claimed he was hacked.

Brewers’ Burnes goes on IL with strained left oblique

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ST. LOUIS — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes was placed on the injured list Friday with a strained left oblique, likely ending the right-hander’s breakthrough season.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that if Milwaukee advances to the playoffs, Burnes would be unavailable for the first round and would be doubtful for the second round. The Brewers (27-29) are outside of playoff position but haven’t been eliminated from contention yet heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

“Take the next couple of days off and then start slowly working back into it, and we’ll see how quickly we can get things ramped up depending on how I’m recovering,” Burnes said.

Burnes is 4-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings, a dramatic improvement from a 2019 campaign in which he went 1-5 with an 8.82 ERA.

He suffered his first loss of the season Thursday by allowing three runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings as the Brewers fell 4-2 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The injury, which was described Thursday night as lower back discomfort, appeared to bother Burnes throughout the fourth inning.

Burnes was placed on the injured list after undergoing an MRI.

“It didn’t end the way you necessarily wanted it to,” Counsell said. “He had a great season. We’ve talked about it many times – he should be happy with what he accomplished. One, you’ve got to heal up and see what happens. But regardless of what happens, he should be really pleased with what he’s been able to accomplish in the regular season.”

Burnes said the issue started bothering him during his previous start and cropped up periodically throughout the week, but that he felt fine before Thursday’s game.

“Everyone asked me beforehand, `Are you good to go?”‘ Burnes said. “(I replied), `I’m good to go.’ It was one of those things where there was just a little bit of tightness, but I thought it would be just fine. Everyone’s asking me after, `Do you still think you should have gone last night?’ Absolutely. It’s one of those things, I think I can go out there and get outs. For the most part, I was able to, up until the very end there. It’s one of those things. Absolutely no regrets about going out there last night.”