Braves lose right-hander Williams Perez due to foot contusion

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Williams Perez has been a pleasant surprise since joining the Braves’ rotation last month, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a left foot contusion.

Perez suffered the injury when he was hit in the foot by a comebacker off the bat of the Pirates’ Josh Harrison in the fifth inning last night. You can watch the play here. Perez stayed in the game initially, but left a couple of batters later.

Perez owns a 2.88 over eight starts and three relief appearances this season. The 24-year-old has a 38/23 K/BB ratio in 50 innings, so his peripherals aren’t nearly as impressive, but he has a ground ball rate of 51.7 percent.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, prospect left-hander Manny Banuelos is the most likely option to take Perez’s spot in the starting rotation next week. Acquired from the Yankees over the winter, the 24-year-old has a 2.03 ERA and 68/34 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings over 14 starts this season with Triple-A Gwinnett.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of five people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. The pilot, a teammate of Gianna’s, and the teammate’s parent were also killed in the tragic accident.

Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.