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Eric Thames to miss 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery

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Brewers infielder/outfielder underwent a successful procedure to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the club announced Friday. He’s projected to miss six to eight weeks in recovery.

Thames suffered the injury while making a defensive play during Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Royals. He was able to suit up for Wednesday’s game, but was prematurely pulled prior to the bottom of the ninth inning with some health concerns and consulted with a hand specialist after the game. This looks to be 31-year-old’s first significant setback during his major league career, albeit not one that will be season-ending — assuming, of course, that everything goes according to plan.

Without Thames, the Brewers are expected to utilize some combination of Ryan Braun and Jesus Aguilar at first base, though a more permanent replacement (if ay exists) has yet to be revealed. Braun covered for Thames on Thursday, collecting a single and a double in the 1-0 loss to the Cubs. Aguilar had his turn on Friday and went 0-for-2 with a sac fly as the Brewers dropped their second straight game, 3-2.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.


Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.