Blue Jays place Sanchez on DL for 4th time with blister issues

Aaron Sanchez‘s miserable season continues to get worse.

The Toronto Blue Jays placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the fourth time this season due to a reoccurring blister on his pitching hand.

Sanchez has dealt with blisters and fingernail issues dating back to March, and met with a hand specialist this weekend in Cleveland in hopes of finding a solution.

One of the best young pitchers in the American League, Sanchez's frequent absence from the rotation has played a major role in the Blue Jays' struggles. After throwing a career-high 192 innings during an All-Star campaign in 2016, Sanchez has been limited to just 36 innings this season.

He first landed on the DL on April 15 with a blister on his right middle finger, and returned to make one start before going back on the DL on May 1 with a split nail. Sanchez came back again, made two starts, and was then sidelined with a blister May 20 that would keep him out of action for nearly two months.

Over his last three starts, Sanchez has posted a 6.17 ERA and allowed opponents to hit .377/.484/.547 with two home runs and 11 walks.

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Irving: Cavaliers in ‘peculiar place’

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the premier franchises in the NBA. But behind closed doors, things don’t seem quite as rosy.

Franchise icon LeBron James is reportedly concerned about the organization, and now it seems superstar point guard Kyrie Irving may be in the same boat.

Speaking at Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 event Tuesday night, Irving was asked about LeBron’s reported frustration and gave a less than ringing endorsement of the franchise’s current state.

"We're in a peculiar place," Irving stated to SI. "We just have to make sure all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. …

"It's the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA, so best to just observe and then see what happens."

While Irving is right about the NBA's crazy offseason, the idea of sitting back to "observe" is seemingly what has left the franchise in this specific state. As teams like the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Minnesota Timberwolves made franchise-altering moves, the Cavaliers remained idle in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs' roster is extremely top heavy with James, Irving, and Kevin Love being the only players who averaged more than 11 points per game last year. Outside of that big three, a plethora of aging veterans round out the roster, offering spontaneous but unreliable production.

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Sunken Place Shareholder Kodak Black Doesn’t Like His Complexion [VIDEO]

Kodak Black clearly hates himself—specifically, his own brown skin. It’s the only way to explain an interview he conducted in New Orleans that found him again defending his preference for light skin Black women in the most headass manner possible. 

Yesterday (June 29), after playing in Master P’s celebrity basketball game, Chaney Ellis (Chaney TV) interviewed the “Skrt” rapper. Of course, he was asked about his previous commentary, and his answer was the purest of self-hating struggle.

After incorporating suspect logic about men who prefer chubby women not getting backlash, Kodak dropped this whammy.

“I just said I don’t like women with my complexion,” he said. “I like light skin women. I want you to be lighter than me. I love African-American women, but I just don’t like my…skin complexion.”

All deserved slander aside, this is quite sad. There really is nothing wrong with having a preference. But when that reasoning is behind not like something about yourself, it’s a problem. It’s also demeaning to Black women.

Also, he wasn’t done.

He added, “We too gutta. Light skin women…they more sensitive. Nah, nah, they too tough. Light skin women, we can break ’em down more easy, you nah’I’m sayin’?”

Maybe one day Kodak Black will realize the err of his ways. Hopefully, he reads some books and does some soul searching before he speaks on this again. Don’t hold your breath, though.

Watch the interview below.

Photo: screen cap

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Red Sox place struggling Sandoval on DL with ear infection

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval is heading to the disabled list for a second time this season.

The club placed the struggling switch-hitter on the 10-day DL with an inner ear infection Tuesday, and recalled defensive stalwart Deven Marrero.

Sandoval has been a burden for the Red Sox all season long as manager John Farrell continues to try to find room on the roster for the former World Series MVP.

Over the last seven games, Sandoval has started in just three. He was pinch hit for during the eighth inning Monday night and replaced at third base by catcher Christian Vazquez, who hadn't appeared at the hot corner since 2009 in rookie ball.

Sandoval spent a lengthy stint on the DL earlier this season with a knee injury, and is hitting .212/.269/.354 with four home runs, two doubles, and 24 strikeouts in 32 games. He's under contract through the 2019 season, and is still owed more than $ 45 million.

Farrell has praised Marrero's defensive work this season, and believes the 26-year-old's glove justifies his place in the lineup, even though he's hitting .157/.195/.301 with three homers and 27 strikeouts in 33 MLB games this season.

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Astros place Keuchel on 10-day DL with neck discomfort

A day after being scratched just moments before his scheduled start, the Houston Astros have placed Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list with neck discomfort.

On Thursday morning, Keuchel was checked out by doctors back in Houston, and the Astros' ace was still suffering from neck pain, GM Jeff Luhnow said, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. There is no timetable for the 29-year-old's return.

The move – as well as transferring Collin McHugh to the 60-day DL – allowed the Astros to purchase the contract of their top prospect Francis Martes, a right-handed pitcher.

Keuchel was bouncing back to his 2015 AL Cy Young form, as the left-hander has yet to be saddled with a single loss in the 2017 season. Through 11 starts, Keuchel owns an MLB-leading 9-0 record while his 1.67 ERA and 0.87 WHIP also top the major leagues.

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Braves place struggling Colon on DL with oblique strain

Bartolo Colon's disastrous start to 2017 has been put on hold due to injury.

Just a day after Colon allowed eight runs in less than four innings of work – the latest in a string of miserable starts to begin the 2017 season – the Atlanta Braves announced Tuesday that the 44-year-old right-hander has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced.

Colon, the oldest player in baseball, was signed to a $ 12.5-million deal by the rebuilding Braves in the winter following a surprising All-Star season with the Mets; instead of continuing to turn defy Father Time, however, Colon's been the worst pitcher in MLB by most measurable statistics.

The former AL Cy Young winner's 7.78 ERA is the highest qualified mark in baseball, and easily his career worst mark. He's allowed at least four runs in six of his 12 outings, and has been tagged for at least seven runs in each of his last three starts. On Monday night, Colon was tagged for eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings by the lowly Phillies.

Colon's 1.71 WHIP is already the worst single-season mark of his career.

Since 2013, Colon has not missed any of his scheduled starts.

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Giants place Morse on concussion DL after collision in brawl

The San Francisco Giants are paying a heavy price for Monday’s brawl with the Washington Nationals.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, San Francisco placed first baseman Michael Morse on the seven-day concussion disabled list, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle – just one day after Morse was involved in a violent collision with teammate Jeff Samardzija during the bench-clearing fracas with the Nationals.

The brawl started when Giants reliever Hunter Strickland hit Bryce Harper with a pitch in the eighth inning, prompting Harper to charge the mound and throw his helmet at Strickland. As Harper and Strickland traded punches, Morse charged into the fray – only to run directly into Samardzija, a former wide receiver at Notre Dame; the resulting collision saw the teammates' heads collide as both fell away from the fighting fray.

While the Giants now have to play on without Morse, a critical member of their bench, the 35-year-old’s concussion may have inadvertently helped the Nationals keep their superstar on the field and healthy. Harper spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon, shortly after his four-game suspension (that he chose to appeal) was announced, and thanked his former teammate for knocking heads with the charging Samardzija and saving him from a potential injury.

Harper: Morse-Samardzija collision in brawl saved me from injury

Samardzija, for his part, survived the collision with Morse intact, and took the mound for his scheduled start Tuesday night.

Utility man Kelby Tomlinson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to fill Morse’s roster spot.

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Stanton: Frustration level ‘highest ever’ with Marlins in last place

Giancarlo Stanton is getting pretty sick of losing.

Though the slugger is off to a respectable individual start to the season, slashing .263/.339/.533 with 11 home runs in 40 games, the same can't be said of his Miami Marlins, who are already 11 games back in the NL East at 14-26.

Those 26 losses are contributing to a level of frustration Stanton's never experienced before.

"It's probably the highest ever," Stanton told the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer. "It's higher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year."

From May 15 to June 15 last season, Stanton endured one of the most miserable stretches of his career, slashing a paltry .120/.214/.240 and amassing 37 strikeouts in 75 at-bats during the span.

Another possible factor in Stanton’s frustration may be the ongoing saga behind the potential sale of the team, though that likely doesn’t compare to the Marlins finding themselves behind the injury-depleted New York Mets and the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies in the division.

"Surprised? Yes," Stanton said. "No one expected it to be like this."

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