There’s some drama about Brett Lawrie apologizing to Alcides Escobar

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On Friday night, Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie led with his spikes on a slide into second base in an attempt to break up a 5-6-3 double play, resulting in an injury for Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. The injury was described as a mid-left knee strain. Escobar remains out of the Royals’ lineup for Saturday’s game.

The Royals were quite unhappy with Lawrie’s slide and the benches cleared. Lawrie claimed to have apologized via text message to Escobar after the game, but Escobar says he never got an apology. Take it away, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Apology-gate! In all seriousness, as Slusser suggests, it was probably a simple matter of Lawrie getting an old number.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.