Tigers place catcher James McCann on the disabled list

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The Detroit Tigers placed catcher James McCann on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain today.

McCann suffered the injury in a collision with John Jaso at first base during Monday’s game and will be out for a good while, it seems. Indeed this morning he showed up to the Tigers clubhouse in a boot and on crutches, which does not suggest “15 days out and then right back in). In the meantime, Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be the starter. The Tigers have called up Bobby Wilson to serve as the backup.

McCann hit .264/.297/.387 in 114 games last year, but impressed the club and his teammates with his leadership and receiving abilities. He’s one of those guys whose absence will be talked about as being more significant than his actual production might suggest.

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.