We have had lots of injuries so far this week in Major League Baseball.
Let’s Start With The Pitchers
I have lots of injuries to report today concerning pitchers. Stephen Strasburg was not pitching well on Tuesday and left the game early. He had tightness in his trapezius. Well, now they say it’s his neck and he’s gone on the injured list. Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty is on the 10 day IL with a “significant oblique injury.” Former Cy Young winner Mike Marshall died at the age of 78. RIP.
Next Come The Infielders
There are also lots of injuries to position players. Twins catcher Mitch Garver took a foul tip to the groin and had to have surgery because of it. Ouch! They don’t know right now how long it will take him to recover. Fernando Tatis Jr. was removed from a game as a precaution with oblique tightness.
Ramon Laureano went to the ten day injured list with a right hip strain, retroactive to May 28.
Self-Inflicted Reputational Injury
Bob Brenly, calling a Diamondbacks game on Tuesday, made a rather questionable joke about Marcus Stroman’s durag (or do-rag) and all hell is breaking loose. He says he’s sorry. Brenly and the Diamondbacks agreed that he should do a little sensitivity training. The game itself had already been a little bit intense, with the benches clearing after the Diamondbacks half of the fifth inning.
Minor League Foreign Substance Suspensions
Kai-Wei Teng, a pitcher in the Giants farm system, was suspended for ten games by Minor League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his glove. In all, four minor league pitchers have received such suspensions so far this year.
Real Or Imagined Transactions
The Giants recently made a number of roster moves, including optioning Nick Tropeano. Connor Cannon is the player to be named later from the Mike Tauchman trade between the Yankees and the Giants. He has 80 grade raw power and 20 grade speed. Kevin Pillar is back from the injured list. That’s pretty amazing as far as I am concerned. Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, and Raisel Iglesias all made this list of top 40 trade candidates. I guess the word on the street is that the Angels are going to be sellers.
General Baseball Links
The big lawsuit is finally here about the All Star Game being moved away from Atlanta. These guys are asking for over a billion dollars. Rob Manfred and Tony Clark are both named as individual defendants in the suit. If you are into NFTs (non-fungible tokens) then the NFT of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man Alive” speech will be auctioned off around July 4th. If you have no idea what an NFT is then here is the Wikipedia article. It is important to note that an NFT is not the same thing as a copyright.
Martin Fenn gives the Angels a D+ so far for the year. Spoiler alert: It’s because our pitching sucks except for Ohtani.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi