Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Maddon on board with homer derby for NL pitchers

ATLANTA — Cubs manager Joe Maddon is intrigued about having pitchers, including his ace, Jake Arrieta, compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner has said he would like to participate in the July 11 event at San Diego. After Saturday's win over the Braves, Arrieta said he would want to match home-run power with Bumgarner.

"If he's in it, I want to be in it," the Cubs right-hander said after having two hits in the win.

Arrieta said swinging for the fences in the All-Star spotlight "would probably be the most adrenalin I would ever have."

Maddon said Sunday that he would not be worried about Arrieta getting hurt but stopped short of endorsing the idea on behalf of the team. "That's above my pay grade, right there," he said.

Still, the former Rays manager became enthused about the idea as he mentioned Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw and Mets RHPs Jacob deGrom and (amusingly) 43-year-old Bartolo Colon as other possible NL pitchers who could compete. "I think it would be interesting," Maddon said. "It might even be more interesting than the regulars."

Maddon said a home-run competition for pitchers would have to be "a toned-down version" with fewer swings.

"Well, he's strong, man," Maddon said of Arrieta. "Real strong. Bumgarner has got a great swing, though. I watched. Jake is good, but Bumgarner is really loose and free and easy with his approach."

TROUT OKAY: Angels CF Mike Trout sustained a bruise but no broken bones in his right thumb after he was hit by a pitch by Indians RHP Tommy Hunter in the eighth inning.

YANKS NEAR DEAL WITH 1B: The Yankees are trying to close a deal for free agent 1B Ike Davis, hoping to add depth at a position where they've been hurt this season. Davis, 29, has been released from his minor-league contract with the Rangers. New York has put four first basemen on the disabled list this season.

ASTROS: SS Carlos Correa missed a third straight game because of a sprained left ankle. He took pregame ground balls and swings in a batting cage at Tropicana Field. "With the off day (today), it makes more sense to err on the side of caution," manager A.J. Hinch said.

BLUE JAYS: RF Jose Bautista (right thigh) was held out of the lineup for a third straight game.

BREWERS: RHP Wily Peralta, who has a 6.68 ERA in 13 starts, was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs just more than two months after starting on opening day. Also, former Rays RHP Matt Garza, who has been sidelined all season with a right lat strain, will make his season debut Tuesday in San Francisco.

METS: Manager Terry Collins was taken to a Milwaukee hospital for tests after falling ill about 30 minutes before the afternoon game. Collins will remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

ORIOLES: SS J.J. Hardy, who has been on the disabled list for nearly six weeks with a fractured bone in his left foot, could begin a minor-league rehab assignment this week.

REDS: RHP Raisel Iglesias, who has been on the disabled list since May 1 with shoulder soreness, allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings during his first rehab appearance Saturday with Double-A Pensacola.

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