That’s one of those headlines that tells the whole story, I suppose. Anyway: Burger tore his left Achilles tendon running out a ground ball against Oakland yesterday. The lesson: don’t run out ground balls, kid.
Burger was the Sox’ first round draft pick last year and, though he was not expected to make his big league debut this season, he is projected to be White Sox’ future third baseman.
He’ll have surgery later this week and be back at spring training a year from now. Tough break.
Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.
Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.
Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.