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April 3, 2019
By The Associated Press

A look at what’s a happening around the majors Wednesday:

FINGERS CROSSED

The Nationals are awaiting word on shortstop Trea Turner’s injured finger. Turner was hit by a pitch on the index finger of his right hand while squaring to bunt Tuesday. He was examined briefly on the field by a trainer before walking off the field. Turner played 162 games last season, batting .271 with an NL-leading 43 stolen bases.

UPDATE COMING

The Indians may provide a more definitive timetable for Francisco Lindor’s return from a sprained left ankle. Lindor visited a specialist Monday, and Cleveland said Tuesday that Lindor would miss more time, but the injury only appears to be a minor setback for the star shortstop. Lindor will meet Wednesday with manager Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti, the club’s president of baseball operations, and the Indians might have more info on Lindor’s prognosis after that.

DOMINANT DEGROM

NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom makes his second start this season for the Mets, this time facing the Marlins. DeGrom is seeking his 31st consecutive start allowing three runs or fewer, already a major league record, after striking out 10 in a thrilling matchup against Washington’s Max Scherzer on opening day. Miami counters with righty Trevor Richards, who pitched six innings of one-run ball against Colorado in his first start this year.

BUILDING AROUND PILLAR

Kevin Pillar is expected to play his first game with the Giants after being acquired Tuesday from the Toronto Blue Jays. Pillar has been one of the AL’s best defensive center fielders, a highlight machine nicknamed Superman for his high-flying catches. But he’s expected to play more right field for San Francisco in deference to youngster Steven Duggar. Pillar batted .252 with 15 homers last season. The seven-year veteran also has a strong clubhouse reputation.

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