J.D. Martinez to be sidelined 4-6 weeks

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Last night we learned that Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck at the right elbow after he collided with the right field wall. This morning we learned how long the Tigers will be without him: 4-6 weeks.

This is a big blow for Detroit, as Martinez has been a big part of their offense for the past three season. This year he’s hitting .287/.359/.522 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI. It’s an even bigger blow given that Cameron Maybin has missed time lately, depleting the outfield even further.

The Tigers have called up Stephen Moya, who will likely be the regular in right while Martinez is sidelined, with Andrew Romine — who took over right last night — likely seeing some time there too.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.