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Yankees release Danny Farquhar

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Some bummer news: the Yankees have released pitcher Danny Farquhar.

Farquhar signed a minor league deal with New York back in January. It was more notable than your typical minor league deal, however, as Farquhar, you may recall, suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm in April of 2018, causing him to collapse while in the White Sox’ dugout during a game. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. It could’ve killed him, obviously, and it did sideline him for the rest of the season.

Farquhar made his way back and did pitch this spring before staying in extended spring training in Tampa. He was activated for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week and appeared in two games but he was ineffective, allowing seven runs on six hits in three innings.

Given how much talent the Yankees bullpen has, it’s not like even a big improvement from that would lead to a chance at a big league promotion, so it’s probably best for Farquhar to try to latch on to a team with a bit more room for him.

Here’s hoping a comeback that has already come so far can go the rest of the way.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.