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Boone Logan is unlikely to pitch again in 2017

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MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that Indians’ lefty reliever Boone Logan has been shut down from throwing and could miss the remainder of the 2017 season. He sustained a left lat strain during an outing against the Giants last month and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 29. While he decided against surgery, the parameters of his recovery period are still unknown.

Logan, 32, was sidelined during his first run with the Indians after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the club in February. The contract includes a $7 million option or $1 million buyout for the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Logan worked as a lefty specialist behind team closer and fellow left-hander Andrew Miller, compiling a 4.71 ERA in 38 appearances and racking up a 3.9 BB/9 and career-best 12.0 SO/9 through 21 innings.

The Indians addressed their need for bullpen depth in the days leading up to the trade deadline, claiming right-handed reliever Diego Moreno off waivers and adding righty Joe Smith in a trade with the Blue Jays. Left-hander Craig Breslow was signed to a minor league contract earlier today, and should bolster the team’s relief corps with both Logan and Miller taking an indefinite hiatus on the disabled list.

Video: Pete Alonso hits home run no. 50

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Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.

It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.

Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.