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Remember that whole fracas in Texas in which Rougned Odor landed the punch heard ‘round the world? You’re reading this newsletter, so I’m going to assume you do. It wasn’t that long ago. Well, both Odor and Jose Bautista appealed their suspensions, and that process is over. Bautista’s one-game punishment was upheld, and he doesn’t seem super thrilled about it. Odor, on the other hand, had one game taken off his suspension and will now miss seven contests. Bautista doesn’t seem too thrilled about this one, either.
So, the suspensions are happening and their teams will miss each of those players. A fun little side effect to all of this, though, is the return of Jurickson Profar. The Rangers’ infielder has been called up upon Odor’s suspension and led off his first game of the season. If you recall, Profar was the game’s best prospect back in 2013. In this modern world that revolves around a "What have you done for me lately?" attitude, that seems like ages ago. However, it’s only been three seasons. He struggled in a half-season’s worth of plate appearances that year, and this will be his first taste of the highest level since that experience.
In all honesty, Profar is among the most fascinating baseball players in the world. All top prospects have hype around them, of course, but the hype around Profar in 2013 seemed like it reached another level, and he appeared to be something close to a sure thing. Since that time, he’s been plagued by injury after injury, all surrounding a shoulder ailment that was originally going to keep him out for a few months. It may seem like it’s been forever, but he’s still only 23 and has all the talent he’s always had. It’s unclear if he will stay in Texas after Odor’s suspension ends, but it’s clear that this isn’t the last we’ll hear of Profar.
- The Diamondbacks’ season hasn’t gone according to plan. If given the choice, would they hit the restart button and clear out their entire offseason? I know I tried that in MVP 2007 all the time, but it always auto-saved on me at the least opportune times.
- Shelby Miller is the face of Diamondback disappointment, and now he finds himself on the DL.
- For more in the world of bad pitchers, we turn to Clay Buchholz, who will be shifting to the bullpen after his horrendous start to 2016.
- We’re not done with the sadness yet! At what point do the Cardinals start to worry about Carlos Martinez’s start?
- The Mets have a struggling pitcher of their own in Matt Harvey, and he’s sort of overshadowed how great Steven Matz has been.
- Also great: Jose Fernandez.
- How did the Yankees get CC Sabathia to start pitching like something close to CC Sabathia again?
- The Twins stink, as we all know, so we should see Byron Buxton again soon, right? RIGHT???
- Buster Posey hasn’t been his typical great self to start the season, but don’t worry. He’s still Buster Posey and that’s more than enough for any human.
- The Royals traded for Ben Zobrist last year and that was a huge reason to were able to eventually win a championship. Can they pull off a similar trade this year?