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Some news on the Dodgers injury front, as Clayton Kershaw played catch over the weekend and the plan is for him to return to the rotation around September.
Injury news came back good for the Washington Nationals as Bryce Harper’s neck stiffness will not keep him out for long.
The brother of Yulieski Gurriel, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., has now been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and can sign with any team.
Yankees catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers, but he still has his full no-trade clause that could stop any impending deal.
Byron Buxton hasn’t found much success with his swing at the big league level and has been demoted again to fine-tune that swing.
Hope certainly isn’t lost for Byron Buxton. He’s 22. He’s had less than a full season’s worth of plate appearances. The Gomez comp is obvious, but there have been plenty other toolsy prospects who struggled like Buxton upon their debut only to turn their careers around. Look at what Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s done in Boston after beginning his career with a 50 wRC+ over his first 530 plate appearances. Milton Bradley‘s top prospect shine had dimmed after his first 434 trips to the plate resulted in a 57 wRC+. His career wRC+ over the next decade was 120. Brandon Phillips, Carlos Gonzalez, Miguel Tejada: the list goes on. History’s proven that a year’s worth of struggles, even as extreme as Buxton’s have been, are far from a death sentence.
Especially given Buxton’s tools. There’s a reason he’s been a top-10 prospect four years running. In Parker’s words, “He’s got hand speed that most hitters can only achieve in their dreams. Watching him run and throw there’s obviously an ability to make his body accelerate in a snap, but that ability has yet to show up in his swing.” Back to the lab he goes.
Here is a roundup of news from around the National League East.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1975, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base, breaking a 1922 record set by Max Carey.