Braves reliever A.J. Minter leaves game with tight shoulder

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Another day, another reminder to the Braves that the best laid plans of a baseball team often go astray thanks to injury. The subject of the reminder today is reliever A.J. Minter who left today’s exhibition game with left shoulder tightness. Which is a bit of a problem given that he throws with his left arm.

Minter, a sometimes setup guy, sometimes closer who, in either role, is critical to the Braves’ bullpen plans in 2019, posted a 3.23 ERA, saved 15 games and featured a K/BB ratio of 69/22 in 61.1 innings last year.

No word yet on the seriousness of his malady — it may be nothing, it may may an injury, we have no idea as of yet — but in a week which has seen multiple other Braves pitchers suffer aches and pains, this is not welcome news .

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.