Each week, TheHoosier.com will be checking in to see how former IU athletes are doing in the pros. This week, we've got updates from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball.
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• Former IU third baseman Sam Travis hit .167 with an RBI double for the Boston Red Sox in an 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals and a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
• Former IU catcher Josh Phegley hit .167 for the Oakland Athletics in back-to-back losses to the Houston Astros and a 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
• Former IU outfielder Alex Dickerson will miss the remainder of the 2017 season after undergoing back surgery, according to San Diego Union-Tribune Padres Beat Writer Dennis Lin. Dickerson had been bothered by a bulging disc in his lower which was sustained back in March, so his season is over before it could ever begin.
• Former IU infielder Micah Johnson remains on the Atlanta Braves' 60-day disabled list after being placed there May 8. Johnson has yet to play for Atlanta this season after fracturing his left wrist in the preseason. He was initially placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 2.
Minor League Baseball
• Former IU catcher Kyle Schwarber hit .250 with three strikeouts for the Des Moines Cubs on June 26. Schwarber was demoted by the Chicago Cubs after batting .171 through his first 64 games with them this season.
• Former IU first baseman Kevin Mahar, now the bench coach for the Dayton Dragons, the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has helped the Dragons to a 42-34 overall record and second place in the Midwest League Eastern Division Standings. Mahar was an All-Big Ten honoree his senior year as an outfielder, played for the Texas Rangers and the Phillies and made it to the majors in 2007.
• Former IU pitcher Christian Morris allowed two earned runs off three hits in one inning of relief work but picked up his third win of the season for the Charleston RiverDogs - the Advanced-Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees - in a 4-3 win over the Greenville Drive on June 23.
• Former IU pitcher Scott Effross tossed four strikeouts, allowing one earned run off one hit in 1 1/3 innings for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans - the Advanced-Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs - in a 7-4 win over the Down East Wood Ducks on June 23.
• Former IU pitcher Ryan Halstead threw 2 1/3 combined scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts for the Richmond Flying Squirrels - the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - in a 4-3 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on June 15, a 9-6 loss to the Harrisburg Senators on June 16 and a 5-3 win over the Senators on June 18.
• Former IU third baseman Dustin DeMuth hit .231 with one double and one triple for the Bixoli Shuckers - the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers - in a 2-3 five-game series loss to the Mississippi Braves June 23-26.
• Former IU pitcher Kyle Hart threw six scoreless innings, including three strikeouts and just four hits allowed, starting for the Greenville Drive - the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox - in a 4-3 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs on June 23.
• Former IU pitcher Caleb Baragar threw six scoreless innings, including nine strikeouts, starting for the Augusta Green Jackets - the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - in a 1-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads on June 25.
• Former IU pitcher Jake Kelzer tossed two strikeouts, allowing one earned run off three hits for the Williamsport Crosscutters - the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies - in a 3-1 loss to the West Virginia Power on June 22.
• Former IU outfielder Craig Dedelow hit .356 with two home runs and eight RBI for the Great Falls Voyagers - the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Chicago White Sox - in three straight wins over the Helena Brewers, back-to-back losses to the Missoula Osprey and back-to-back wins over the Osprey.
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