Professional athletes face little mortal risk when they contract COVID-19 thanks to their age and physical condition, but the virus can definitely impact them on the field. In Foster's case, it hit hard enough to take him off the field for good.Seattle Mariners face coverings
Officially, Arenado has a few at-bats under his belt as a Cardinal. The major winter acquisition is expected to make a major impact for a team that was already favored to win the NL Central. While most teams in the Central either treaded water or got marginally worse, the Cardinals actually went for it this offseason, bringing back familiar faces and taking on Arenado’s contract to seal the deal in a trade with the Rockies.Atlanta Braves face coverings
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Lindor echoed that sentiment after his appearance in Monday’s game had concluded, but offered an explanation as to why something wasn’t getting done right away.
Gardner spoke to reporters on Thursday morning for the first time since signing his new deal, a one-year contract with player and club options for 2022.Cleveland Indians face coverings
"Watching him play in the outfield is incredible. ... There was a play in Kansas City that he laid out for a ball in the right-center gap, and I was 15 to 20 feet away from the play, and I audibly made a noise like, 'Oh my gosh, I can't believe that just happened.' And that's the kind of stuff you see with him every day."San Diego Padres face coverings
Why he's on here: For the second consecutive season, he met this column's qualification thresholds. While his 2020 was a mere six-start sample, his raw statistics showed a significant amount of progress. Hernandez took huge steps forward with his 6.80 K/BB ratio, 67.6% first-pitch strike rate and, perhaps most importantly considering his prior control issues at higher competitive professional levels, his 4.7% walk rate. A strained lat muscle ultimately ended his season last Sept. 1, a disappointing break for the 25-year-old right-hander. However, his being absent during the Marlins' Cinderella wild-card run might've done us a favor in fantasy, keeping this bargain candidate beneath the national radar.