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The Daily Chop: MLBPA files grievance, Ronald Acuña Jr. day-to-day and more

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The MLBPA filed a $500 million grievance against MLB for the shortened 2020 season.

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The Collective Bargaining Agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA is set to expire in a little more than six months. Negotiations will now have another wrinkle as the Players Association filed a $500 million grievance against the league a little over two weeks ago per a report by The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. The grievance alleges that the league did not act in good faith when it set the schedule for the 2020 season. MLB filled a counter-claim arguing that the 60-game regular season was necessary due to health and safety reasons.

A grievance has long been expected, but it will be worth watching to see how this ultimately plays out. Per the report, the league has asked that the grievances be expedited so that they can be resolved as soon as possible in advance of the CBA’s expiration. However, both sides could agree to settle the issues during collective bargaining as both would have new found leverage. For example, the union could offer to drop the grievance as an incentive for the league to meet certain demands in the next CBA. As Drellich points out, the league could also say that the grievance is a reason that making concessions would be impossible.

Just add this to the multitude of issues that will have to be worked out once the 2021 season is completed. The process will no doubt be ugly and if recent history is any indication, played out in public which will surely be another black eye to the sport.

Atlanta Braves News

Another bullpen implosion sent the Atlanta Braves to an 8-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday. Atlanta drops to 0-6 on the season against Toronto for the season.

The loss was a costly one as the Braves finished the game without two-thirds of their starting outfield. Ronald Acuña Jr. left the game after twisting his ankle while trying to beat out a throw at first. He crumpled to the ground down the line, but was able to walk off the field with a limp. Brian Snitker said that X-Rays on Acuña’s ankle were negative following the game and that he was considered day-to-day. Cristian Pache wasn’t as fortunate as he suffered a strained hamstring and is headed for the 10-day injured list. The Braves will call up Ender Inciarte, who was on a rehab assignment with Gwinnett for his strained hamstring, to take Pache’s place on the active roster.

MLB Pipeline spotlights one pitching prospect for each team that could be future closers with Daysbel Hernandez getting the nod for the Braves.

The 5-foot-10 Hernandez has been pitching out of the bullpen ever since the Braves signed the Cuban defector in Sept. 2017. He has the kind of fastball-slider power combination that can work very well late in games, with a fastball that touches 99 mph and a slider that’s a plus put-away pitch when it’s tight enough. Command, which doesn’t have to be pinpoint as a short reliever, has been elusive at times, but the right-hander was off to strong start in the Gwinnett (Triple-A) bullpen.

MLB News

The Philadelphia Phillies placed catcher J.T. Realmuto on the COVID injured list and promoted Rafael Marchan to the majors. Manager Joe Girardi indicated that Realmuto has not tested positive but had shown symptoms. He is currently not traveling with the team and is undergoing additional testing.

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Friday. Yelich has been out of action due to a sore back. He briefly returned on May 3 against the Phillies but headed back to the injured list the next day.

As expected, Albert Pujols has cleared waivers and is now a free agent and can sign with any team. The Angels remain on the hook for his nearly $30 million salary for 2021.

The New York Yankees continue to deal with a COVID outbreak and have placed shortstop Gleyber Torres on the injured list after he tested positive. The Yankees currently have eight “breakthrough” cases in the team’s traveling party. New York recalled infielder Miguel Andujar from Triple-A to take Torres’ spot on the roster.

ESPN and Major League Baseball announced a seven-year contract extension Thursday that will allow the network to carry 30 regular season games per year plus wild-card games.