MRI shows no structural damage in Jered Weaver’s hip

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Angels right-hander Jered Weaver was placed on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend due to a left hip injury, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that an MRI revealed no structural damage.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Weaver is scheduled to be re-evaluated in five days, so he won’t pick up a baseball before then. There’s no clear timetable for his return, but the hope is that he could be ready after the All-Star break.

Weaver, 32, has allowed 19 runs over his last four starts and owns a disappointing 4.75 ERA over 15 starts overall this season. His average fastball velocity has fallen to 83.9 mph this season and his strikeout rate has dipped from 19.0 percent in 2014 to a career-low 12.2 percent in the process.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.