Manfred: Injuries to pitchers won’t lead to DHs

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

CHICAGO — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that the recent instances of pitchers injuring themselves while batting haven’t changed his opinion that the sport benefits from the two leagues playing under different rules.

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright tore his left Achilles and will miss the rest of the season, while Nationals ace Max Scherzer missed a start after hurting his thumb.

"I understand why there’s talk because we had a couple pitcher injuries while they were batting," Manfred said before Friday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. "Over the long haul, I’m a status quo person on the DH. I think the difference between the two leagues is a source of debate among fans, and I’m a big believer in the idea of when people are talking about baseball it’s a good thing."

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