Jesse Hahn to undergo MRI on elbow

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While it looks like the Athletics dodged a bullet with Scott Kazmir’s triceps injury, they might not be so lucky with Jesse Hahn.

According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Hahn returned to Oakland on Thursday to undergo an MRI on his right elbow. He hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday due to tightness and the A’s apparently didn’t like what they saw during a bullpen session yesterday. Chris Bassitt is now expected to be called up from Triple-A to pitch against the Indians on Sunday.

Acquired from the Padres in the Derek Norris deal over the winter, Hahn has a 3.35 ERA and 64/25 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings over 16 starts this season. The 25-year-old previously had Tommy John surgery in 2010 while pitching at Virginia Tech, which caused him to fall to the sixth round with the Rays.

World Series champions left off the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule

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SAN DIEGO — Scheduling Sunday Night Baseball is a complicated business.

On the one hand, it’s baseball’s marquee regular season broadcast. If you’re on Sunday Night Baseball you’re getting a marketing push and getting in front of more eyeballs. You’re being honored almost.

On the other hand, teams really don’t want to be on it because Sunday is a travel day and, traditionally, a day for day games, and playing at night makes for very late night/early morning travel and robs players of the one chance they may get in a week to have a nice evening at home or to have dinner at a normal hour.

There is some disconnect on ESPN and Major League Baseball’s part as well. In an ideal world, the league would use the marquee broadcast to market its teams and stars. To give exposure to those teams and stars who the country may not know as much about. But we don’t live in an ideal world. We live in a world in which ESPN pays Major League Baseball a lot of money in order to put games on and, in exchange, wants to get the highest ratings possible. That gives both parties a practical incentive to schedule the teams that are already the most popular in order to maximize the audience.

So you get what we have had for a long time: a lot of Yankees and Red Sox games. We got it again today, as ESPN announced the Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of the season:

The current World Series champion Washington Nationals will not appear.

Which, hey, I get it. And, secretly, the Nationals and every other team who aren’t scheduled for Sunday nights, are going to be pretty happy about it.