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Nolan Arenado exits game with sore shoulder

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was pulled from Friday’s game against the Dodgers with a sore right shoulder, per a team announcement. The move is precautionary and it’s not clear yet if Arenado will see any time on the disabled list as a result; for the time being, he’s day-to-day with the injury.

Comments from club manager Bud Black suggested that the injury was sustained when Arenado went to cover second base in the third inning and helped complete a double play with a throw to first base. He stayed in the game until the top of the fifth inning, when he made his final exit from the field and was replaced by Ryan McMahon at the hot corner.

At the plate, Arenado went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda. The 27-year-old infielder entered Friday batting .308/.391/.588 with 29 home runs and a .979 OPS in his fourth consecutive All-Star season and has yet to make a trip to the disabled list this year.

The Rockies currently trail the Dodgers 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?