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Jharel Cotton scratched with right groin strain

Raul Alcantara will make a spot start in his place tonight.

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Jharel Cotton was scratched from his Monday start due to a strained groin suffered in pre-game warm ups.

Raul Alcantara will make the start in Cotton’s absence.

Hopefully this is a move made out of caution more than necessity. With the season almost over, there’s no use in risking a player’s health no matter how minor the injury. Here’s to hoping this injury is as minor as they come, and Cotton is healed up in no time flat.