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Elvis Andrus hit by pitch, suffers fractured right elbow


Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was hit on the right elbow with a 97 MPH fastball from Angels reliever Keynan Middleton on Wednesday night. He left the game and Isiah Kiner-Falefa came in to pinch-run. After the game, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that Andrus suffered a fractured right elbow. Andrus is headed to the disabled list. The Rangers should pass along an update with a timetable for his recovery.

Andrus was 0-for-3 with a walk before his final at-bat. In 61 plate appearances, he’s hitting .327/.426/.500 with two home runs, five RBI, and seven runs scored.

Jurickson Profar could slide into a regular role at shortstop while Andrus is out. Profar has been functioning as a utilityman so far this season.

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.