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Jo Adell expected to miss 10-12 weeks with ankle, hamstring injuries

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Angels outfield prospect Jo Adell suffered a Grade 2 sprain of his right ankle and a Grade 1 hamstring strain during Saturday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Cubs. The Angels note that a general timeline for recovery is 10-12 weeks.

Per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Adell says he injured his hamstring on a first-to-third in the second inning Saturday. As he was pulling into third base, Adell rolled over his ankle.

Adell, 19, was selected by the Angels in the first round (10th overall) in the 2017 draft. He is, according to MLB Pipeline, the Angels’ No. 1 prospect and No. 15 overall across the league. He earned a promotion to Double-A Mobile at the end of July after batting .290/.345/.546 in 261 plate appearances with High-A Inland Empire.

Adell wasn’t likely to see his way to the majors this season before the injury. Missing two to three months will obviously hamper that possibility further.

Mariano Rivera awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump on Monday. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor to “individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Babe Ruth was posthumously awarded the medal last year. Yogi Berra got it posthumously in 2015, and Willie Mays and Vin Scully were also awarded it the same year.

Trump and Rivera are close. Rivera, who is from Panama, has been criticized for his relationship with Trump. Defending that relationship, Rivera said on Fox & Friends in July, “Mr. President Trump to me, he was a friend of mine before he became president. So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him. I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”

Rivera, 49, served on Trump’s Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. In 2018, Rivera co-chaired Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Rivera also co-hosted a fundraiser dinner for the America First Action PAC, which supports Trump and was also hosted by Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle.

This past January, Rivera became the first player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously. He is the all-time leader in saves with 652 as well as adjusted ERA (also known as ERA+) at 205. He retired with a 2.21 ERA and 1,173 strikeouts across 1,283 2/3 innings, spanning 19 seasons with the Yankees.