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Trey Mancini to have ‘non-baseball medical procedure’

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Orioles manager Brandon Hyde told reporters that outfielder Trey Mancini will be having a “non-baseball medical procedure,” and that the team will not be going into further details about the situation until a later date.

Mancini played in the Orioles’ Grapefruit League game on Monday but has been out of action since then. He’s been one of the few bright spots in the last few years of Orioles baseball. Last year he anchored the team’s offense with a .291/.364/.535, 35-homer effort in 679 trips to the plate.

Hyde did not give a timetable for Mancini’s return, and it’s possible that he may miss Opening Day.

Whatever the issue is, it’s clearly somewhat serious. Hyde’s remarks about Mancini’s attitude while going for further tests are a little ominous. Hopefully Mancini will be able to be back on the field at some point in the near future.

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Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.