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Orioles pitcher Ty Blach to have Tommy John surgery, Richie Martin to have wrist surgery

Orioles pitcher Ty Blach to have Tommy John surgery, Richie Martin to have wrist surgery

The Orioles were bitten by the injury bug early in camp, as they lost both pitcher Ty Blach and infielder Richie Martin for the season. 

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde confirmed Monday that Blach will have Tommy John surgery and Martin will have wrist surgery, which will sideline him for two to three months.

“Richie and Ty Blach, they’re both having surgery on Wednesday,” Hyde said on a conference call Monday afternoon. “Richie on his right wrist. Ty Blach is having Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.”

Blach, a left-handed pitcher, made his major league debut in 2016 as a member of the Giants. 

Last season in Baltimore, the 29-year-old threw in five games (all starts). He contributed 20 ⅔ innings pitched, posted a WHIP of 2.177 and an ERA of 11.32. He allowed 32 hits and six home runs with 17 strikeouts.

Recovery time for Tommy John Surgery is typically longer than a year, meaning Blach will be sidelined for this season as well as the majority — if not all — of next season.

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‘I just talked to Ty, and it’s awful for both of them,” Hyde said. “I felt really badly. Ty put himself in a really nice position, he’s been working really hard these last three months and he’s never been on the IL before in his career. To just feel something wrong in the second inning of an intersquad and it turns out to be Tommy John surgery, your heart goes out to him for the work he’s put in.”

Martin will likely miss the entire 2020 season, with his recovery expected to be two-to-three months. The regular season ends on Sept. 27.

Martin, 25, slashed .208/.260/.322 with 59 hits in 120 games last year for the Orioles. He made 89 starts at shortstop and posted a fielding percentage of .971. 

In 11 games of spring training this year, he slashed .286/.333/.536 with eight hits in 30 plate appearances. He also had seven RBIs.

“I loved the swing adjustments he was making,” Hyde said. “I just like the way Richie plays. He plays with energy, he comes to play every day, he’s an ultra-pro and it’s going to be tough not to have him.”

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Oakland Athletics bench coach addresses celebration that resembled Nazi gesture

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Oakland Athletics bench coach addresses celebration that resembled Nazi gesture

Following a win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday, Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson was filmed celebrating the win with a gesture that resembled a Nazi salute.

Christenson had his arm pointed straight out for an elbow bump, and after reliever Liam Hendriks corrected him, Christenson appeared to notice his mistake, laugh and then do it again. 

The clip quickly made waves on social media, and Christenson has since addressed the issue in a statement released by the team. A former MLB outfielder, Christenson claimed that the gesture was not intentional but rather he was just trying to celebrate the win while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

"I made a mistake and will not deny it. Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of Covid, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players," Christenson said. "My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did was unacceptable and I deeply apologize." 

The Athletics also released a statement signifying their disappointment with the actions, especially in a time when the sports world is working to eliminate racism and create an inclusive society.

"A's bench coach Ryan Christenson greeted players with a gesture that looked like a Nazi salute. We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it. This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a Club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country," the team said. "We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field." 

Christenson played four seasons with Oakland from 1998-2001 and was promoted to the MLB coaching staff in 2018 following a short managerial career within their farm system. 

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Marlins announcer trolls Orioles with broom following sweep

Marlins announcer trolls Orioles with broom following sweep

After waiting over a week to play their scheduled games, the Orioles finally got the chance to take on the Miami Marlins for a four-game series from Tuesday to Thursday.

In short, it did not go well.

Despite coming in at a surprising 5-3, Baltimore quickly regressed to the team many expected to see and was promptly swept by the now 6-1 Marlins. Miami was a team considered in the same position as the Orioles for 2020, but for three days at Camden Yards, it didn't really look like it.

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After dominating the series, the Marlins piled on with a pretty solid troll job involving reporter Gaby Sanchez holding a broom to signify what they had just done in Baltimore.

This clever piece of social media work came just a day after the account made a joke about wanting to face the Alabama Crimson Tide football team, considering they were putting together a strong stretch of performances. They've since switched the roles of that meme following yet another win.

The past few years have seen Miami become the brunt of most jokes in baseball, and the COVID-19 outbreak in the locker room to begin this season did not help the image of the team. But in a 60 game season where anything can happen, the Marlins are adding to the chaos early on by shaking up the standings, and they're making sure to take advantage of their time on top. 

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