Nationals center fielder Ben Revere is expected to return on Thursday for the opener of a four-game set against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Nationals star Bryce Harper has signed a ten-year endorsement deal with Under Armour that is the largest such agreement ever reached by a baseball player, according to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell. While the full financial terms weren’t revealed, it’s reasonable to expect that the contract will be plenty valuable. That would tend to reduce Harper’s need for a long-term extension of his playing contract, though he’s already earned enough — and, of course, has such sky high future earning potential — that any new deal would likely stem from other motivations (if Washington makes a real effort to sign him). Here’s more from the NL East: Injured Nationals righty Bronson Arroyo is trying out something new as he continues to be bothered by shoulder problems, as MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports. Per Nats skipper Dusty Baker, the veteran hurler is experiencing pain when he tries to throw from his typical motion, so he’s experimenting with a sidearm delivery. Expectations are that Arroyo will retire if he can’t return without surgery. The Mets don’t yet have any kind of timetable for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who is on the DL with a strained rotator cuff, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. Indeed, he hasn’t even begun physical activity yet, and won’t begin throwing again until he has seen sufficient improvement in the shoulder.
Whether you prefer day games or night games, today’s Major League schedule has games — and aces — for you. The first seven games all will begin in the afternoon, with the Cubs’ Jon Lester, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez among the pitchers slated to start.
Jake Arrieta walked the Pirates’ first two hitters Tuesday night, and that was about as bad as it got for the Cubs. Returning to PNC Park for the first time since the National League Wild Card Game, Arrieta threw seven scoreless innings and improved to 6-0 in the Cubs’ 7-1 win over the Pirates.
The Padres’ worst fears regarding left-hander Robbie Erlin were realized on Tuesday, when an MRI exam on his left elbow revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Erlin will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016 season, along with, most likely, the start of ’17.
Giants second baseman Joe Panik continued to gain momentum in his recovery from a tight right groin and remained on course to return to the lineup Wednesday or Thursday.
On Monday, Royals manager Ned Yost said he was keeping third baseman Mike Moustakas out of the lineup simply to “give him a day.”
We’re about to learn a bit more about both the 18-8 White Sox and the 15-10 Red Sox — two first-place teams, two teams awash in good vibes. That’s what a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field represents.
Robinson Cano notched three hits and scored two runs, helping the Mariners spoil a two-homer night from Khris Davis in a 4-3, series-opening victory over the A’s at the Coliseum on Monday night.