AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

Base­ball has a new hit king — sort of. The Mar­lins’ Ichiro Suzuki sin­gled twice against San Diego on June 15, giv­ing him 4,256th and 4,257th hits in pro­fes­sional base­ball; that’s one more than Pete Rose. Of course, Ichiro’s to­tal in­cluded 1,278 that he amassed in Ja­pan. Asked about see­ing his record fall, Rose added that he ac­tu­ally had 4,683 if his mi­nor league num­bers were in­cluded. The way the Mar­lins’ re­serve is hit­ting this sea­son (.354/.418/.402), it shouldn’t be too much longer be­fore he col­lects the 20 hits he needs for 3,000 in his MLB ca­reer. …

Af­ter com­plet­ing his re­hab as­sign­ment, the Rock­ies’ Jose Reyes was too ra­dioac­tive for Colorado to keep, and per­haps even for any­one else to sign. Even with the club pay­ing nearly $40 mil­lion through the end of next sea­son, Colorado des­ig­nated Reyes for as­sign­ment af­ter the 33-yearold short­stop served a sus­pen­sion for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. The Rock­ies had no room for the for­mer All-Star with rookie Trevor Story (.263/.321/.541, 17 HRs) hav­ing a ban­ner 2016. …

Not two sea­sons into a seven- year, $ 72- mil­lion deal, Bos­ton cut ties with 28- year- old outfi el­der Rus­ney Castillo. The for­mer top Cuban prospect hit just .262/.301/.379 in 99 games in por­tions of three sea­sons and was placed on waivers on June 19. …

Two-time Cy Young Award win­ner Tim Lince­cum pitched for the first time in 357 days on June 18. The 32- year- old had hip surgery last Septem­ber and went un­claimed in the off­sea­son be­fore the An­gels signed him this spring af­ter Lince­cum had pri­vate work­outs for MLB clubs ear­lier in the spring. He may not have been “The Freak” — he struck out just two in six in­nings — but Lince­cum gave up just one earned run in Los An­ge­les’ 7–1 vic­tory over Oak­land. …

Mets third base­man David Wright may be done for 2016. The 33- year- old has par­tic­i­pated in 37 games this sea­son af­ter play­ing just 38 in 2015. He’d hoped to avoid surgery for a her­ni­ated disc, but none of the non- sur­gi­cal treat­ments was ef­fec­tive. Wright has played 112 games or fewer in four of the past six sea­sons. …

The Car­di­nals shuffl ed their outfi eld, op­tion­ing strug­gling Jeremy Hazel­baker and Ran­dall Grichuk to AAA while re­call­ing Kolten Wong, a sec­ond base­man who’d been learn­ing to play the out­field af­ter his re­cent de­mo­tion. Some­how, the Car­di­nals rank sec­ond in the NL in runs scored de­spite the strug­gles of those three.

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