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Jeremy Hellickson in minor car accident

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MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli reports that Orioles’ right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was involved in a minor car accident while driving to the airport on Saturday. The details have yet to be released by the club, but Hellickson appears to be fine and will fly out to Baltimore on Sunday after tending to his girlfriend in the emergency room.

The 30-year-old righty was acquired by the Orioles on Friday in a trade that sent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-hander Garrett Cleavinger to the Phillies. He’ll help bolster a weakened pitching staff as the team makes a push for the postseason and could debut sometime during Baltimore’s upcoming seven-game homestand against the Royals and Tigers. Ghiroli adds that club manager Buck Showalter has not decided where Hellickson will fit in the rotation, but currently has “all options on the table.”

We’re going to let everything clear a little bit, especially with as hectic as these next two days will be [leading up to the Trade Deadline],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters. “Until we get our arms around him physically. I know he was working on one extra day’s rest, hadn’t pitched since the 22nd. I’d like to get a light work day. …We’ve got a tentative idea, but until we know how he’s feeling, how everything else is.

Ubaldo Jimenez and Dylan Bundy have been pencilled into the first two games of the Orioles’ homestand, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday evening. Hellickson is expected to throw on Sunday before joining the team for Monday’s game and will presumably be available later in the week.

Angels fire back at Rob Manfred’s comments re: Mike Trout

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout‘s marketability has been a topic of conversation in recent days as the best players in baseball converged upon Washington, D.C. for the All-Star Game. We learned that, according to one firm that measures consumer appeal of personalities, Trout is as recognizable to the average American as Brooklyn Nets reserve forward Kenneth Faried, despite being far and away the best player in baseball and one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

Commissioner Rob Manfred also addressed Trout’s marketability, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reported. Manfred said, “Mike has made decisions on what he wants to do, doesn’t want to do, how he wants to spend his free time or not spend his free time. I think we could help him make his brand very bug. But he has to make a decision to engage. It takes time and effort.”

The Angels fired back on Wednesday, releasing a statement that said:

On behalf of the Angels Organization and baseball fans everywhere, congratulations to Mike Trout on another outstanding All-Star Game performance.

Mike Trout is an exceptional ambassador for the game. Combined with his talent, his solid character creates a perfect role model for young people everywhere. Each year, Mike devotes a tremendous amount of his time and effort contributing to our Organization, and marketing Major League Baseball. He continually chooses to participate in the community, visiting hospitals, schools, and countless other charities. One of Mike’s traits that people admire most is his humility. His brand is built upon generously spending his time engaging with fans, both at home and on the road, while remaining a remarkable baseball player and teammate.

In addition, Mike spends quality time as a husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend. We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion. That is rare in today’s society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent.

It’s not on Trout to build a brand that appeals to MLB’s marketing department, so the Angels are right to back Trout’s decision to stay out of the limelight. The Angels’ motivation likely isn’t entirely selfless, however, as supporting him in this situation may make it more enticing for him to sign a contract extension before his current contract expires after the 2020 season.