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Cesar Hernandez likely out for the season with dislocated thumb

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Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez dislocated his left thumb in a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the seventh inning of Sunday’s win. He was replaced by Andres Blanco. Hernandez is likely done for the season, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports.

Hernandez had charged in on a Rizzo ground out but lost control of the ball on the transfer. The ball skipped towards the first base bag and Hernandez was unable to corral it. His momentum took him into Rizzo, causing him to dislocate his left thumb. Pete Mackanin said that Darnell Sweeney, acquired from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley trade, will get a look at second base.

Hernandez, 25, finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He’s hitting .272/.339/.348 with one home run, 35 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 448 plate appearances. He filled in admirably for Utley while he was on the disabled list earlier in the season, then took over the position for good when the Phillies sent Utley to Los Angeles.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.