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Cardinals’ Jordan Hicks Says Bud Norris ‘Has the Best Intentions for Me’ in Harsh Treatment

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St. Louis Cardinals rookie reliever Jordan Hicks doesn’t believe that veteran Bud Norris is too hard on him, shooting down rumors of the contrary.

“He has the best intentions for me. I think he’s nudging me in the right direction” Hicks said, during an interview with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“That’s the best way to put it. … It’s a collective group doing it. You have to learn 10 times faster in the big leagues. You have to adjust 10 times faster. You have to be mentally stronger than you have ever been before. You have to make all of that happen faster. I have no problem with anybody getting on me. I get that. I have to listen.

“Bud is not bad at all. He’s getting on me because he wants me to be a better player, and I know it’s to make me a better teammate. That can happen.”

The Athletic’s Mark Saxon recently published an article that stated that Norris “mercilessly rides” Hicks, leading the constant discussion on the matter.

“It’s pretty much like the music thing—I’m trying to keep track and not get confused” Hicks said.

“I’m a rookie. I need guys guiding me. [Norris] actually does care about me. I know that. There are times, though, when he or anyone basically says, ‘You should know better.'”

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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