Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar leads seven first-time participants in this year’s Home Run Derby, which will be contested Monday night at Nationals Park wholesale jerseys in Washington. The seven newcomers will be joined by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, who is the second seed behind Aguilar.
Aguilar will face Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Rhys Hoskins, the eighth seed, in the first round.
Harper will face Atlanta Braves first baseman and No. 7 seed Freddie Freeman in the opening round. Harper lost to Yoenis Cespedes in the 2013 final at Citi Field in New York.
Another potential entrant, Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, was invited to participate in Monday’s home-run contest. However, Ramirez, who was voted a starter for the second straight year, declined a chance to take his cuts against Harper and others next week in Washington.
I sat down with the team and we made a decision, all of us together, and we just decided it wasn’t the best thing for me to do at this time, Ramirez said after homering twice and driving in five runs in the Indians’ 19-4 rout of the Reds on Wednesday night. It’s a long season. I’m a player that plays every day and I need to save energy for the second half and, God willing, the playoffs as well.
Pedroia, 34, returned to the lineup on May 26 but was back on the disabled list on June 2 with soreness in his knee. He is headed to Arizona to continue his rehabilitation treatment.
I’ve healed quick with every other injury I’ve had. But this is obviously different, Pedroia told reporters Wednesday. You can’t risk it. If I come back too early and the graft fails, then that’s it.
Brewers: INF Nate Orf and RHP Jorge Lopez were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. RHP Freddy Peralta was optioned to Class-A Wisconsin. INF Eric Sogard was released.
Pirates: Hurdle said Pittsburgh is deciding whether to option OF Austin Meadows to Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows did not start a fourth straight game Thursday since he went 1 for 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies https://www.bestjerseysforsale.com/ on Sunday.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-5, 2.79) could win a fourth straight start when he faces the Pirates on Thursday. In his past three starts, Guerra has surrendered a combined five runs, including one in his past two starts.