White Sox place Eloy Jiménez on IL with ulnar nerve contusion

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The White Sox announced on Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jiménez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right ulnar nerve contusion. In related moves, the White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Goins from Triple-A Charlotte and outrighted pitcher Juan Minaya to Charlotte.

Jiménez suffered the injury attempting to catch a fly ball in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a fly ball to deep left-center field, causing Jiménez and Charlie Tilson to converge. Tilson made the catch but banged into Jiménez’s elbow.

Jiménez, 22, has had a solid rookie campaign, batting .244/.307/.483 with 17 home runs and 39 RBI in 267 plate appearances. He had started to heat up, owning a .921 OPS since the start of June.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.