More bad news for baseball fans. Yesterday it was Jayson Stark, today it's Shelby Miller. The Diamondbacks right-hander was diagnosed with a tear of his UCL earlier today. He hasn't decided whether he'll opt for Tommy John surgery, but he's likely done for the 2017 season regardless. After a disastrous 2016, Miller was off to a respectable start in 2017 (3.50 ERA).
The two preseason favorites in the NL East are heading in opposite directions. The Nationals have taken five straight series and nine out of ten games. The Mets have lost nine out of ten and haven't had a lead in eight straight games. Adding injury to insult—ha—is the fact that Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey are all dealing with injuries.
With the strong following baseball has all over the world, it's hard to believe no African-born MLB player has ever reached the big leagues. Until yesterday that is. Read more about the Pirates South African shortstop Gift Ngoepe in the Post-Gazette.