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Elephant Rumblings: Carlos Rodon throws no-hitter; several teams use COVID-19 injured list; replay review fails

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Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox
Carlos No-don
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Good morning afternoon, Athletics Nation! Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

MLB got its first no-hitter of the 2021 season last week, when Joe Musgrove tossed the first in San Diego Padres history on Friday. It only took five days for the next no-no.

On Wednesday, Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. He had a perfect game going until the 9th inning, but with two outs to go he pegged Roberto Perez with a pitch for the first and only baserunner. He struck out seven, taking 114 pitches to complete the masterpiece, with catcher Zack Collins behind the plate. Click here to see the box score.

The 28-year-old Rodon was once a No. 3 overall draft pick by the White Sox, but injuries got in the way of realizing his full potential and his stock began to fade. Shoulder issues turned into surgery, followed by Tommy John surgery, and last winter he was non-tendered by Chicago but later re-signed.

Now, two starts into the campaign, he’s already made history. His 110th pitch of the evening clocked in at 98.8 mph.

Of course every no-no requires some defensive gem by the pitcher’s teammates, and this time reigning MVP Jose Abreu obliged.

Here’s the Jomboy breakdown.

The White Sox also got a no-hitter last summer, from Lucas Giolito. That makes them the first team to go back-to-back seasons since the Oakland A’s, in 2018 (Sean Manaea) and 2019 (Mike Fiers). Catcher Victor Caratini did not receive this one, as he’s still on the Padres like he was last week, so his streak ends at two in terms of being behind the plate for no-nos around the majors.

MLB teams using COVID-19 injured list

A few teams needed the COVID-19 related IL over the past week, including the Houston Astros.

Astros update (note that Houston just played the Tigers, who are now in Oakland to face the A’s)

Other teams:

A’s Coverage

A’s injuries

Pukdate

Pindate

Down on the farm

A’s Game Highlights

Look who’s heating up

... Piscotty is heating up too

... And so is Seth Brown

Baseball appears to be frozen, have you tried turning it off and on again?

Professional hitter (and great play by the fan who caught it!)

Pitchers shouldn’t hit, but at least the photos are still fun

Please don’t swing

Meanwhile, at the alternate training site, Stockton Alt A’s vs. Sacramento Alt Giants

Schwingdel

Brodie knows what’s up (and this was before sweeping the D’Backs)

Replay still stinks

This was just a brutal call, to allow the eventual winning run. The runner never even touched the plate. Click here for full video.

Whoops

Even those of us who want replay still don’t like the current system

This seems like the kind of thing that could have been workshopped out in the drawing-board phase, kind of unreal they actually put fellow ump in the replay booth in real life

The A’s had a bad one this week too, though not nearly as egregious

Fortunately they got this super-easy review correct

Best of MLB Twitter

Twins and Red Sox postponed their Monday game in Minnesota

Mets still more or less waiting for the season to begin

Story to keep an eye on

Details on Lindor mega-contract

LoDuca told a story on a podcast about West accepting bribes from Billy Wagner in exchange for a bigger strike zone

Reddick finds a new home

Tough break for a former A’s pitcher

Division rival injury updates

Congrats to a total pro

This could be a problem for the rest of the AL

Why does he have to be so cool??

And don’t forget Young Olson on the other end catching the throw, which is not a given in Little League

Thank you Jackie!