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The Daily Chop: MLB preparing to crack down on pitchers, Tucker Davidson and more

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Will it be enough?

MLB: MAY 07 White Sox at Royals

News in recent days has been dominated with the talk of Major League Baseball implementing a plan to crack down on pitchers who are applying foreign substances to the baseballs. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Saturday that the league is finalizing a plan for enforcement and that it could roll out within the next couple of weeks.

Some of the highlights will include pitchers being checked repeatedly and randomly with every starter to be checked at least two times per start. Punishment for an infraction is still pending but could be a lengthy suspension. Per the report, position players will also be subject to checks as well.

With offense around the league on the decline and strikeout rates climbing, the league is desperately trying to shore up a rule the has been on the books for a long time, yet has been ignored all the same.

What do you think of the league’s impending crackdown? Let me know in the comments below.

Braves News

Brian Snitker confirmed Saturday that rookie left-hander Tucker Davidson will remain in the rotation for at least one more turn. If things stay on schedule, Davidson would slot in for Wednesday’s start in Philadelphia.

The Braves added a fresh arm to the bullpen Saturday recalling Jacob Webb from Gwinnett to fill the roster spot of Grant Dayton who was placed on the injured list with shoulder inflammation.

MLB News

Two thirds of Major League Baseball’s teams have reached the 85% threshold for vaccinations and have been able to relax coronavirus protocols.

The Cubs and White Sox have been approved by the city of Chicago to open up to 100% capacity for their home games. The Cubs started selling tickets to the entire stadium on Saturday and the White Sox are expected to follow soon.

The Phillies activated outfielder Bryce Harper from the injured list Saturday. Harper missed the last two weeks due with a bruised left wrist.

Marlins starter Sixto Sanchez recently had a setback when he experienced some discomfort during his throwing program and was shut down as a precautionary measure.

The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Jon Gray on the 10-day injured list with a right flexor strain Saturday. Gray left Friday’s start after just 2 1/3 innings due to what was described at the time as elbow soreness.

The Detroit Tigers placed starter Spencer Turnbull on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. Turnbull exited Friday’s start after just four innings with tightness in his forearm.

Diamondbacks reliever Chris Devenski recently underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season.

The Giants designated veteran Scott Kazmir for assignment Saturday ending what was a great comeback. Kazmir returned to the majors for the first time since 2016 and made two starts for the Giants although he wasn’t very effective.