Padres put Eric Hosmer on leave, hopeful he’ll return Friday

The San Diego Padres placed first baseman Eric Hosmer on the family medical leave list.
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The team hopes to have him back in the lineup Friday, manager Andy Green said before Tuesday’s 8-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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It’s kind of like starting over more than coming back, Venters said. So I was nervous and excited.

Venters was 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in five games for Durham this season. He pitched at four minor league levels in the Rays’ system last year and pitched briefly in their organization in 2016.

Upon his return to the majors, Venters acted more like a rookie than a veteran of 124 big league games.

Humble, appreciative, a little overwhelmed, Cash said. Just like, amazing.

Cash, in turn, was delighted to see Venters’ hard work pay off.
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Miami selected Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th Womens Wesley Johnson Jersey overall pick.

The 6-foot, 204 pound Fitzpatrick provides versatility to play cornerback or safety, and immediately bolsters a Dolphins defense that finished the 2017 regular season ranked 16th against the pass (225.2 yards allowed per game). Miami also finished 16th in the league in total defense (335.7 yards allowed per game).

Fitzpatrick, who clocked a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, finished his college career with 171 tackles (110 solo), nine interceptions, 24 passes defensed and five sacks.

Steelers 鈥?Ronald Jones, RB, Southern California: He’s got speed to burn and would allow Pittsburgh to manage Le’Veon Bell’s mileage, given that the all-pro is聽prone to late-season breakdowns. And, in the not-so-unlikely scenario that Bell walks next year, Jones and James Conner could form a nice thunder and lightning platoon.

Jaguars 鈥?D.J. Chark, WR, LSU: If he catches 50 balls, great. His real value is 4.34 speed that can further open up Jacksonville’s top-ranked run game while also creating room for a pedestrian group of receivers.