George Springer sent to the disabled list, not expected back for six weeks

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As expected, the Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. But he’s going to be gone longer than 15 days. The estimate: six weeks. All thanks to an Edinson Volquez fastball whch hit Springer on the wrist while traveling at a brisk 96 m.p.h. last night.

Springer has been hot of late, having been moved up to the leadoff spot where he has hit .325 with 12 RBI since June 1 and with a nice mix of speed and power. Now it’ll be up to Alex Presley, who was called up from Triple-A Fresno to take his place in right field, to fill his shoes.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.