Brewers' Scooter Gennett suffers hand injury

Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan is suspended 80 games by MLB

Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett cut his left hand in the shower and needed five stitches, an injury that could land him on the disabled list.

Gennett sliced a knuckle on a metal rack after Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. He was out of Monday's lineup in Milwaukee.

"I went to grab some body wash like I would normally grab body wash," Gennett said. "It was definitely a freakish thing. It started bleeding everywhere. I didn't feel any type of pain. I have my strength but something like that reopening and getting worse isn't what we want."

Gennett hopes to return to the lineup by Wednesday but Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke didn't sound as certain.

"He doesn't understand how in the world you can possibly get hurt in the bathroom," said Roenicke, who didn't rule out a possible DL stint for Gennett.

"There's always that chance. Obviously, we're at a spot now where we don't want to play short," he said. "If we feel like we need to, then that's what we'll do."

Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan is suspended for banned substance

Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan was suspended for 80 games Monday after a positive test for a banned substance under Major League Baseball's drug program.

McKirahan is the fifth big league pitcher in 25 days disciplined for using performance-enhancing drugs. He was cited for Ipamorelin, which releases growth hormone.

"I am extremely sorry for letting down the Atlanta Braves organization, my coaches, teammates and the Braves fans," he said in a statement released by the players' association. "This is in no way a reflection of my character or morals. I will work hard during my suspension and pray that everyone will find it in their hearts to forgive me."

The 25-year-old left-hander has a 4.15 earned-run average in three appearances this season. He was selected by the Chicago Cubs on the 21st round of the 2011 amateur draft, taken by Miami in the winter meeting draft of unprotected players, then claimed by Atlanta off waivers April 1.

McKirahan will be eligible to return to the Braves in late July. He loses $221,858 of his $507,500 salary, the major league minimum.

Minnesota's Ervin Santana, the New York Mets' Jenrry Mejia, Seattle's David Rollins and Atlanta's Arodys Vizcaino were suspended for positive tests for Stanozolol, which is sold under the name Winstrol and is popular with body builders.

MLB rolls out new analytics technology

A new era in analytics starts Tuesday when Major League Baseball rolls out its Statcast tracking technology during the MLB Network's broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals' game at the Washington Nationals.

Real-time access will expand quickly to Fox, ESPN and Turner, then to regional sports networks within about six weeks.

By June, fans should be able to look up leaderboards for hitters' exit velocity, fielders' route efficiency, speed and distance, and pitchers' spin rates and arm extension.

Cameras and sensors installed at each ballpark capture 120,000 bits per second.

"Fans are ready for a deeper dive into what makes this game go," Bob Bowman, MLB's president of business and media, said.

All the equipment is in place at the 30 big league ballparks to gather information even the HAL 9000 could not compute.

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