The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list. In an effort to better protect
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season. The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton. Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth
In the wake of Wednesday's incident in New York that saw a 2-year-old struck in the face with a foul ball, Miami Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler took to Twitter to condemn fans criticizing the idea of teams extending protective netting in their stadiums. The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres are among the teams that have announced a plan to install additional protective netting to ensure fan safety. Despite the protests of some fans, other teams have said they plan to review the measure in the near future.