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A horse named after Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant is aiming for the Kentucky Derby

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A few years back I was lucky enough to go to the Kentucky Derby. It was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had at any sporting or entertainment event. I’m not a gambler by nature so my wagers were all small and sensible. At least until the actual Derby, when I got a little carried away.

For the final race, I went a little big on a hunch, betting on a horse named “General A Rod” based solely on the name. It seemed like fate that that horse was running. At the time Alex Rodriguez was serving his Biogenesis suspension and was persona non grata. As anyone who has been reading me for a while knows, I tend to like the most hated, so I put some big (for me) money on A-Rod’s near-namesake. He finished 11th out of 19 horses. Shoulda gone with California Chrome.

In 2018 there may very well be an intentionally baseball-themed horse. From MLB.com:

Jason Loutsch is a huge Cubs fan, so when it came time to name the dark bay colt his Albaugh Family Stable bought at the Keeneland Sales in September 2016, he decided to combine the names of his two favorite players, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo . . . Soon, Bryzzo will be shipped to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., to spend the winter training. There’s no date yet for his next race, which will likely be after Christmas. Loutsch said there’s a chance the colt could qualify for the Kentucky Derby.

Keep me away from the window.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.