UPDATE: Phillies say Vince Velasquez left game with biceps soreness

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UPDATE: Maybe it’s not as bad as first feared. The Phillies are now saying that Vince Velasquez left today’s game with right biceps soreness. Here’s hoping that’s all it is.

1:36 PM: Uh-oh.

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez was pulled from this afternoon’s game against the Cubs in the bottom of the first inning with an apparent injury. Velasquez threw just two pitches — both at 87 mph — before leaving with a trainer.

We’ll update when we hear something about his condition, but these situations rarely turn out well for pitchers. Also worth noting: Velasquez had Tommy John surgery once before, in 2010.

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 nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. 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.