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Brewers trade catcher Andrew Susac to the Orioles

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Y’all wonder why all the posts around here lately are about labor unrest and pace of play. Well, it’s because this is the sort of thing that passes for baseball news these days: the Orioles just announced that they have acquired C Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Don’t burn yourself on that hot stove.

Susac was a top-100 prospect in the Giants system a long, long time ago and got traded to the Brewers in 2016. He never really found a home there despite the idea that he could, quite possibly, be the long-term solution for the Brewers behind the plate in the post-Jonathan Lucroy world. He was called up briefly in late 2016 and then hit spring training last year fighting for the starting gig. He didn’t win, then he got injured, then he spent most of the year, when healthy, at Triple-A, where he didn’t hit even in high-altitude Colorado Springs. He was designated for assignment the other day to make room for Matt Albers on the 4o-man roster.

Maybe a change of scenery will do him good.

 

Justin Turner could be headed back to disabled list

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.

Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.