A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:
The Mets march on in their difficult season a day after learning general manager Sandy Alderson had effectively stepped down because his cancer has returned. Officially Mark Lowe Jersey
, Alderson will take a leave of absence, but he said Tuesday that he was essentially ending his tenure both for his health and because he doesn’t think he’s been successful enough to continue. Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya will run the club’s baseball operations in Alderson’s absence. Minaya preceded Alderson as Mets general manager, and Ricciardi was GM of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001-09.
CAIN NOT ABLE
Lorenzo Cain is missing the chance to face his former teammates this week due to a left groin strain. The Brewers center fielder was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, just as Milwaukee opened a series against Kansas City. Cain left the Royals last offseason for an $80 million Logan Forsythe Jersey
, five-year deal with the Brewers, and he’s batting .291 with eight homers, 48 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and an .832 OPS for the NL Central leaders.
Indians rookie Shane Bieber is off to a strong start and gets his first interleague test in a game against St. Louis. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA through three starts Justin Jones Color Rush Jersey
, including seven scoreless innings against Detroit last time out. Bieber has 22 strikeouts and three walks in 18 1/3 innings after walking just 18 batters in 274 career minor league innings. The Cardinals will counter with another promising young righty, Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.50).
Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 3.90) has been the weakest link in Houston’s rotation – which says more about the Astros than Keuchel – but he’s been sharp of late. Over his past two starts Bobby Cox Jersey
, he’s thrown 12 innings without allowing an earned run, and now he’ll face a Toronto team that struck out 13 times against Charlie Morton in a 7-0 loss Tuesday to Houston.
Shaquem Griffin just keeps on proving the doubters wrong as the star linebacker at UCF received his invitation to participate at the NFL Combine. The second-team All-American is looking to become the first player in the modern era to be drafted despite having just one hand. Griffin shared the moment over Twitter:#NFLcombine bound!! 馃檹馃従馃檹馃従馃檹馃従 #AgainstAllOdds pic.twitter.com/lAsCQj4TrV— shaquem griffin (@Shaquemgriffin) January 30, 2018As you can see in the video, Griffin is wearing his Reese's Senior Bowl sweatshirt. Griffin impressed NFL coaches leading up to the All-Star game this past weekened and that's one of the reasons of his combine invitation.But what you can't see in the video is Griffin's left hand which was amputated at four years old. He was born with amniotic band syndrome which caused the fingers on his left hand to not fully develop. Griffin suffered through pain for the first few years of his life until one day when he had enough and grabbed a butcher knife at the age of four years old. He planned on cutting his fingers off himself at the age of four Cheap Justin Bethel Jersey
, but his mother intervened. The next day his parents scheduled the amputation of his fingers. The amputation didn't end Griffin's ability to play sports and he became standout player at UCF alongside his twin brother, Shaquill Griffin. Shaquill was not born with聽any deformations with his hands and played cornerback with the Golden Knights before being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017.Unlike Shaquill, Shaquem redshirted his first year at the school so he was always one year behind his brother despite being just one minute younger. Shaquem made the most of his extra year in school as in 2017 he was a second-team All-American, the Peach Bowl Defensive MVP and helped lead UCF to the first undefeated season in school history..