The MLB All-Star Game is set to begin Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Cleveland, with Nationals Max Scherzer and Anthony Rendon being named to the National League's roster.
One former National is missing from this list. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper didn't make the team after being the star of last year's Home Run Derby.
But Harper's visage has made its way to Cleveland, emblazoned on banners that adorn the city.
It appears that MLB printed the posters with players they'd assume would be on the rosters before the official announcement was made on June 27.
One quick fix could be replacing the banners with Phillies' catcher J.T. Realmuto's face instead, but it might be too late.
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The Nationals bullpen got a little thinner on Sunday when closer Sean Doolittle was placed on the Injured List with right knee tendinitis.
On Tuesday, the unit almost had another pitcher endure an IL-needing injury, as recently-acquired relief pitcher Hunter Strickland nearly injured himself in a weight room accident in Pittsburgh just hours prior to the Nationals matchup with the Pirates.
Strickland had a bar strike the right side of his face, according to manager Dave Martinez, the Washington Post reported. When seen walking in the clubhouse, the reliever had a stripped band-aid on his nose to couple with a very red face.
He underwent X-rays at PNC Park, and they confirmed that Strickland suffered a broken nose. Strickland confirmed the news via his Twitter account.
Just an hour later, Strickland was playing catch with teammates, and later signing autographs for fans. He is still available to pitch tonight, according to Mark Zuckerman.
For a unit that has had their troubles on the field in 2019, Strickland has been a much-needed addition. He's been close to lights out in seven innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits to go with five strikeouts.
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Former World Series champions Luis Castillo and Octavio Dotel were arrested in connection with one of the largest drug trafficking operations in the Dominican Republic, according to a report from NBC News.
Both former Major Leaguers, native to the DR, are part of a 16 person-wide arrest described as "one of the most important drug trafficking structures in the Caribbean region," according to Dominican Republic Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez.
Castillo was a longtime nemesis of the Washington Nationals having played for the division rival Florida Marlins and New York Mets, as well as the Minnesota Twins. Dotel was never a teammate of Castillo's, and he played for 12 different clubs throughout his 15-year career. Castillo won a World Series in 2003 with the Marlins, while Dotel won while he was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.
Per the Attorney General's report, the Dominican Republic served as a bridge to the United States for drugs coming from South America. The drug trafficking operation, run by César Emilio Peralta, was "a complicated corporate framework to disguise the origin of his fortune, also using numerous individuals belonging to his family and social circle to hide his assets," according to the press release.
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