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Nicky Delmonico to miss 4-6 weeks with broken right hand

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White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico is headed for a prolonged stay on the disabled list after breaking his hand on a hit by pitch during Friday’s game against the Rangers. Delmonico fractured the third metacarpal of his right hand and has been officially placed on the 10-day disabled list, where he’s expected to miss around 4-6 weeks of game time, per a team announcement.

The 25-year-old outfielder suffered the injury in the second inning of Friday’s 12-5 loss. Delmonico worked a 2-1 count against Matt Moore in his first at-bat of the game, then watched as a 92-MPH fastball deflected off of the top of his right hand. He visibly reacted to the pitch, doubling over and taking a knee as manager Rick Renteria and a team trainer came to his side. He was replaced by pinch-runner and left fielder Leury Garcia, who finished off the remaining seven innings with three hitless plate appearances.

This appears to be the first significant setback for Delmonico this spring. Prior to the incident, he slashed an underwhelming .224/.333/.302 with six extra-base hits and a .635 OPS in 135 PA. He’ll likely be replaced by Garcia for the time being. The 27-year-old Garcia is only faring slightly better at the plate in 2018: he batted .260/.306/.375 with six extra bases and a .681 OPS in 112 PA, though he’s poised to enter Saturday’s contest with a hitless streak of six consecutive at-bats.

Report: Astros, Alex Bregman agree to five-year, $100 million extension

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Fox 26’s Mark Berman reports that the Astros and third baseman Alex Bregman have agreed to $100 million contract extension. MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart confirms a deal has been reached and adds that the deal is actually for five years, beginning after the 2019 season. The contract will cover all three of Bregman’s arbitration years and two years of would-be free agency.

Bregman, who turns 25 years old later this month, has quickly become one of the best third basemen in baseball. Across parts of three seasons, he has hit .282/.366/.500 with 58 home runs, 208 RBI, 224 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases. FanGraphs credited him with 7.6 Wins Above Replacement, tied with Francisco Lindor and Christian Yelich for the fourth-best mark among position players in baseball, trailing only Mookie Betts (10.4), Mike Trout (9.8), and José Ramírez (8.0).

This is obviously a smart move for the Astros, as this contract extension will secure Bregman’s age 25-30 seasons. With second baseman José Altuve also locked up through 2024, and presumed extensions to come for Carlos Correa and possibly Gerrit Cole and George Springer, the Astros have a core that they can build around for years to come.