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- Great news after an evening of nervously refreshing the news: David Oritz is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery following being shot in the lower back in the Dominican Republic.
Ortiz was attacked while at a club in his hometown of Santo Domingo Este. The suspect is reportedly in custody. It was first reported that Big Papi had been shot in the leg, but multiple outlets have now confirmed that the bullet went through his lower back and out the other side of his abdomen. We here at MLB Daily Dish and SB Nation likewise wish Big Papi the speediest of recoveries and are grateful that he’s okay.
- Dallas Keuchel has been a free agent for quite a while as he looked for a deal to his liking. With the draft out of the way and removing the added cost of a draft pick for his services, his market heated up in a big way and the Braves were able to snag him on a one year deal that will end up paying him around $13 million.
- Not ready to let the draft go just yet? Worry not. Our 2019 MLB Draft First-round pick Signing Tracker will keep you in the loop of what picks will be headed to their teams and who may just pass it up.
- Craig Kimbrel has been a free agent for far longer than most of us would have ever thought given his talent and track record. Now, it looks like he finally has his new team as he is reportedly signing a three year deal with the Chicago Cubs.
- Sick of college baseball? Why, we couldn’t even fathom it. That’s why we can’t stop obsessing over Kumar Rocker and how he pitched the greatest game in college baseball history.
- Carlos Carrasco has had a rough road on his way to MLB stardom including heart surgery, Tommy John surgery, and a couple scary incidents involving line drives at him. Now, he has another hurdle to overcome as he hit the injured list with an undisclosed blood condition.
- Phillies outfielder and former NL MVP Andrew McCutchen will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL while getting caught in a rundown on Monday night. That’s awful news for a Philadelphia team that is trying to win its first NL East title since 2011, as well as for McCutchen, who is one of the most outwardly joyous and fan-friendly players in baseball.
- Luckily for the Phillies, they acquired Jay Bruce from the Mariners just a day before McCutchen’s injury. The 32-year-old will add some starting-caliber outfield depth while Philly deals with the absences of Cutch, Odubel Herrera, and Roman Quinn and the season-long struggles of Nick Williams.
- Jerry D. and the Mariners are more than prepared to conduct another total fire sale, because apparently that’s the look right now. Also...starting that fire sale with Jay Bruce seems a little anticlimactic, no? Maybe it’s a small-but-containable-by-bathtub fire sale.
- Brett Gardner needed stitches after hitting himself in the face with his own helmet, which is honestly such a mood. It’s basically when I lean into my own destructive behavior and then wonder how I ended up hurting my own feelings.
- Need to catch up on what happened during the first night of the 2019 MLB Draft? Check out our draft tracker, and our five key takeaways from Monday night’s festivities.
- Baseball has had a an issue with waning interest and participation from younger fans and athletes for some time now. Our own Andersen Pickard took at look at some ways that baseball could make itself more appealing to younger generations.
- Baseball is in no way immune to weird injuries with players hurting themselves sneezing or repairing their drones, but Carlos Correa’s may end up being among the weirdest. The young phenom is out 4-6 weeks after he fractured a rib during....a massage. My kingdom to whoever finally gets him to admit that it wasn’t the cause.
- It’s high time to end free agent compensation.
- Phillies center fielder Odúbel Herrera was arrested on charges of domestic violence in Atlantic City last week, continuing a disturbing and inexcusable trend around Major League Baseball. He’s the second major-leaguer arrested on domestic violence charges this season (Julio Urías was the other), and he’ll be the 13th player investigated for such reasons since MLB enacted a domestic-violence policy in August 2015.
- Dustin Pedroia’s knee has given him all sorts of problems in recent years and he has tried numerous different procedures to get it fixed. Now, it is looking more and more likely that he will have to call it a career after he announced last Monday that he was going to take an indefinite leave of absence from baseball.
- The Braves and Mariners made a quirky little trade where both sides are hoping for the “change of scenery” good vibes, as the Braves received Anthony Swarzak in exchange for Jesse Biddle and the injured Arodys Vizcaíno. The Braves wanted to give a new arm a look and the Mariners have a GM in Jerry Dipoto that apparently is contractually obligated to make a trade at least every six weeks if not more. A match made in heaven.