Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Trip raising health fears

MIAMI — Marlins player representative Tom Koehler says the team attended a seminar on the Zika virus that heightened concerns about playing two games in Puerto Rico against the Pirates on May 30-31.

A decision is expected by the end of the week regarding whether the games will be played as scheduled or moved, Koehler said Tuesday.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave a presentation on the disease to the Marlins and representatives of Major League Baseball and the players' union.

"The information was more shocking to both sides," Koehler said. "Maybe shocking isn't the correct word, but there was a lot more information and data and numbers thrown our way that we didn't have."

Marlins players voted on whether to play the games as scheduled, said Koehler. He declined to share the result.

The CDC has said Zika can cause a birth defect called microcephaly, where infants are born with unusually small heads. The virus is most often spread by mosquito bites, but it also can be spread through sexual intercourse.

HARPER ENDORSEMENT: Nationals RF Bryce Harper signed a multiyear extension with Under Armour, a contract that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal for an MLB player, the Washington Post reported. ESPN reported that Harper's deal is for 10 years.

TIGERS-RANGERS TRADE: C Bobby Wilson, a Seminole High and St. Petersburg College product and former Ray, was traded from Detroit back to Texas for minor-league LHP Chad Bell.

ORIOLES: SS J.J. Hardy went on the 15-day disabled list with a hairline fracture in his left foot that is expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. INF Ryan Flaherty was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.

RED SOX: 3B Pablo Sandoval will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. … RH reliever Carson Smith, out all season with a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm, was activated off the 15-day disabled list.

WHITE SOX: LHP John Danks will be designated for assignment this week after 10 years with the organization.

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