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Rays’ Steven Souza could undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Rays’ outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will be undergoing tests on his left hip on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin. If he needs surgery, it would spell the end of the season for the 27-year-old, who has been battling hip pain on and off for the last three months. It’s the latest in a long string of injuries plaguing major league rosters this weekend, from Jacob deGrom‘s possible elbow surgery to Carlos Carrasco‘s broken hand and Keon Broxton‘s fractured wrist.

The Rays rank 16th among clubs in time lost to injuries this season, with 942 days spread over 53 injuries (via Baseball Injury Consultants). In the last month, they’ve already lost shortstop Matt Duffy to a left Achilles heel injury and first baseman Logan Morrison to a left torn wrist sheath.

Souza injured his hip in June, when he experienced some soreness after diving for a ball in an 8-7 win over the Mariners. He returned after a 17-game hiatus and has played consistently from early July through September, albeit not without occasional discomfort. The surgery, if necessary, would be more of a preventative measure for the outfielder, who told the Times that the pain was caused by pinching due to irregular bone growth:

We’ve known it the whole year. Sometimes it never inflames back up and sometimes it comes right back. And that’s kind of what the doctor said to me when I was there (in June), eventually is this is something that we need to deal with, just when is the question.

With the Rays already eliminated from playoff contention, now appears to be the optimal time to address the issue. Souza is batting .244/.302/.408 with 17 home runs in his second season with the Rays and is slated to start with the team on Sunday against the Orioles.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.