So, somewhat understandably, not a lot of stuff got done around here yesterday. And yet, Major League Baseball marched on without us. Thus do we have ever so much to talk about, so let's just get into all of it:
takes a liner to the face.
Scary, scary stuff, as the Diamondbacks rookie was struck in the cheek by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. As of last night, we don't know what the prognosis is, but there was visible swelling on his face. The right-hander did not lose consciousness, thankfully, and walked off the field on his own. However, you have to assume that he will miss at least a start, and perhaps more if his cheekbone is broken.
We have seen a spate of pitchers hit in the head with line drives over the past few seasons. Brandon McCarthy's fractured skull was only the most devastating. I believe that Major League Baseball should begin making its safer hats or shielding mandatory on minor league pitchers to reduce that risk, but that wouldn't have helped Bradley. Short of a force field, I don't know what the answer is to protect pitchers in vulnerable positions from shots traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.
has forearm tendonitis...maybe more?
We've known for a while now that Masahiro Tanaka is nursing a potentially serious elbow injury. A partial tear developed in his Ulnar-Collateral Ligament last year, which he and the Yankees hoped would disappear with rest and mechanical changes. However, that was probably a long shot.
Tanaka felt some wrist pain yesterday and went for an MRI, which revealed forearm tendonitis. This is often, but not always, a precursor for Tommy John Surgery. Tanaka will probably be out for at least a month. Chase Whitley started for him last night, but the Yankees may need to look into the availability of a Matt Garza or a Dillon Gee in case it turns into a much longer absence.
Shortstops will be out for a while.
Jed Lowrie has been one of the brightest spots on the surprising Houston Astros so far in 2015, hitting .300/.432/.567 with four homers in 74 plate appearances. On Monday, he slid into home and tore a ligament. An MRI confirmed he needed surgery and he will go on the shelf until at least the All Star break. That means Jonathan Villar is back! Villar, 24, has twice been handed the starting shortstop job and utterly failed to hold it. He has hit .220/.288/.331 for his career in 545 plate appearances. He and utility infielder Marwin Gonzalez (.249/.291/.360 career) will presumably split time until Lowrie makes it back. By then, sadly, it may be too late to help the Astros.
Jose Reyes, on the other hand, has been awful for the Blue Jays (.250/.266/.300) while nursing a broken rib. He finally hit the disabled list yesterday. Ryan Goins and Jonathan Diaz will attempt to hold down the fort until he returns at some as yet unspecified date. It will be hard for them to do worse than Reyes did. Let this be a lesson: Gutting it out through an injury is often stupid. It hurts your team and it probably exacerbates your injury further. Also, despite what Jesse Ventura might have told you, pain does hurt. Don't do it.
sensibly goes on the disabled list with his injury
See? Carl Crawford tore his oblique and he's not gutting it out. He's only hitting .245/.260/.408, so he'll be moving aside to let Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero have more playing time. Now the Dodgers can too play all their good hitters (except Yasiel Puig)!