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Fenway Park usher makes catch of the night

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As we noted in the recaps, George Springer of the Astros probably made the catch of the day yesterday. There was a pretty good catch last night, however, too. It came in the Blue Jays-Red Sox game. It was made by . . . a Fenway Park usher.

I could not be more impressed with the form. Some ushers will lay out for a ball or make spectacular leaps and dives. That often means that they got a bad jump, however, or that they’re simply slow. Very Jim Edmonds-like if you ask me.

Defensive experts know that, often, the most seemingly effortless plays are made by those with the most defensive skill. Such plays speak to the usher’s instincts about positioning and being in the right place before they have to, not in the nick of time. To be like Andruw Jones who rarely had to dive for a ball because he broke the correct way the second it came off the bat and was casually waiting for it rather than merely getting to it.

Like this fellow. Just watch the master at work:

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.