Between innings during Tuesday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillie Phanatic was part of what turned out to be a twisted bit of theater. Pikachu ran out onto the field only to be chased by the Phanatic, tracking him down with the Pokémon Go app on his mobile device. The Phanatic was distracted, though, and wasn’t looking where he was going, so he bumped into umpire Laz Diaz. It’s not known whether the contact with an umpire resulted in an immediate ejection.
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Angels player (and arguable mascot) Mike Trout was trying to catch Pokémon in the Angels’ clubhouse last weekend.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.