Red Sox left-hander David Price exited tonight’s game after one inning for what the team called “precautionary” reasons due to a “sensation” in his left hand (Twitter link via Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald). It was a night to forget for the lefty, who was hammered for four runs on three hits (one homer) and a pair of walks in his lone inning before being replaced by rookie southpaw Bobby Poyner. Elbow problems cost Price a substantial portion of the 2017 season, but he’d kicked off the 2018 campaign with a pair of scoreless, seven-inning gems against the Rays. Presumably, the Sox will have further updates on his condition after tonight’s game and/or tomorrow morning.
Some more injury news from around baseball…
- The Angels announced tonight that right-hander Matt Shoemaker has been shut down for “a few weeks.” Shoemaker, on the DL for a forearm strain, underwent an EMG and a “nerve conduction study,” though the tests revealed no nerve irritation, per the announcement. Shoemaker is “treatment only” at this time as he awaits further testing. The Halos’ pitching staff has been hammered by injuries over the past couple of seasons, and they’ve already lost right-hander J.C. Ramirez for the season, as he’s likely to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair ligament damage in his right elbow. The Angels are on the verge of getting Andrew Heaney back, but they’ve already had to turn to 21-year-old prospect Jaime Barria, who is making his big league debut tonight. At present, it seems as if the Angels will deploy Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs and Heaney in their rotation moving forward, with righties Barria, Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano on hand as additional options. However, the loss of Ramirez and now an absence of undetermined length for Shoemaker, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Angels keep an eye out for some pitching depth.
- Right-hander Ervin Santana has been cleared to begin a throwing program, per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Twins’ top starter, Santana has yet to pitch in 2018 after undergoing surgery to repair his right middle finger back in February. At last check, skipper Paul Molitor conceded that Santana was “a bit” behind schedule, though the start of a throwing program is a positive step for the 35-year-old. Berardino notes that Santana could require as much as six weeks to get back up to speed, however, so it seems as through the Twins will be without his contributions until at least mid-May.
- The Orioles have halted Mark Trumbo’s rehab assignment, manager Buck Showalter told reporters, including Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com. While Showalter wouldn’t state that Trumbo had a setback, he did reveal that Trumbo “wasn’t quite comfortable” going full speed in the first game of a rehab stint with Double-A Bowie. The team didn’t provide a new timeline for Trumbo. Pedro Alvarez and Danny Valencia figure to continue platooning at the DH spot in his absence.
- It appears as though Aaron Hicks has completed his rehab assignment. The outfielder tells reporters that he’s excited to rejoin the Yankees tomorrow (Twitter link Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune). Hicks walked and doubled in his second Triple-A rehab game tonight. He’s been out for two weeks with an intercostal strain that he suffered in the season opener. Meanwhile, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tweeted yesterday that Jacoby Ellsbury will be shut down for 72 hours after receiving a cortisone shot in his ailing hip, so it seems the Yankees will likely have an update on him later this week once he attempts to resume baseball activities.
Add Tyler Austin to the injuries. Little Joe Kelly murdered him tonight.
What game were you watching?
The one where Tyler Austin got a 98mph fastball in the elbow and a right hook to the lip.
It looked like they both missed to me, but I’m not sure.
Haha being that was pulled down from behind but ok bawd
Austin clearly had something In his mouth prior to the altercation. if you think blood is brown maybe go back to elementary school, just watch the replay and look who took a hook to the face.
I don’t think it was the punch that caused the fat lip, but instead his Guido chains hitting himself in the face. Watch the replay.
Your obviously the guy that kicked the kid already on the ground in middle school and went around telling everyone you beat his ass. Austin got tackled and Kelly was just swinging at his back when he fell down.
Joe Kelly showed that he’s a punk
No Tyler Austin showed he was a punk he can dish it out but can’t take it his slide was terrible and he will probably be fined for it.
Ya his cleat was definitely was out to spike it should’ve been pointing down
I do think it was a bad slide, but I don’t think it was intentional. But even if it was, it was such a small play that lead to nothing. There was no reason Kelly should’ve been throwing at him because of it. They both should get 10 games imo. Austin punching that one coach was also terrible
That was intentional as hell. I’ve watched the replay on that play about 10 times now trying to see how it WASNT intentional, and I just don’t see it. Holt was in front of the bag, and Austin slid with his foot pointed about a foot out in front of the bag and clipped Holt right in the calf.
Joe Kelly was absolutely in the wrong for throwing at Austin for that, but I can tell you right now that his team members probably respect the hell out of him after that. People may not like the unwritten rules of baseball, but they are still there. You mess with our guys and we’re gonna mess with yours. The same thing happened in the Padres/Rockies game.
And I guess Brock Holt doesn’t need to learn how to jump on his pivot. He should have been wearing a skirt.
Ok so it was intentional. We’ll never know but let’s just say it was. There’s so many better ways to react to it than throwing at him. And the way Austin reacted at the plate tells me it wasn’t
And the clown speaks that was a bad play by Austin. JBJ could of wiped Didi out when he he was splayed out on the bag but didn’t that was a touch of class maybe Austin should look at that. He oversold the bag with spikes out what Kelly did was just what any team in baseball will do to protect there players.
It was definitely INTENTIONAL. He could have swept his leg to make the 2b lose his balance. Instead he made it a point to spike him with malice. He should be suspended.
“What Kelly did was just what any team in baseball will do to protect there players”…the play was over so how does throwing at someone protecting anybody?
That was a classless slide by Austin to start with. A hard slide doesn’t go way past the back, the spikes are not up and the leg doesn’t reach out to hit the fielder and you don’t do it on a meaningless play. Kelly is a thug for elevating the pitch. You hit the guy in the butt, not near the elbow or head. MLB should just ban players coming onto the field in situations like this, let the players who started the fight do their thing and then have the police take them away for assault, which is what would happen if this happened between regular, non-famous people.
That is a terrible idea.
One of the worst mindsets is to do something because of the way it’s been done in the past
Kelly was right to drill him. Proper move. Kelly and the Red Sox held Austin accountable. That is what should have happened to Odor for his antics. That is why Odor continues to do it.
Kelly’ face looked a bit punked on! Blood on his neck?
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Gosh, Austin looked like a hot headed idiot tonight—really looking for it. Well he got what he was looking for. Kid needs to grow up.
And what’s with guys losing their cool to absurdly high levels when they get hit by pitches not thrown at their heads?
Stand in there for a 98 mile fastball why don’t you keyboard Braveheart…
“Been happening forever”doesn’t make it right no matter how long it’s been happening Bruin. The whole Machado thing with the Sox last year was considered a joke by just about everyone in the sport. If you feel the guy made a cheap slide handle that stuff right there and then and not have to depend on a pitcher to plunk him.
They certainly handled it last night. Slide was chickenS.
Hey Cereal I seem to remember Romine getting his ass kicked last year because the Yankees threw at Cabrera but I’m sure that was cool because it was the Yankees retaliating. It happens in baseball all these whiny babies nowadays my god can you imagine how Bob Gibson would react to this BS he would plunk the entire team and no one would charge the mound with him out there. It happens and yea the Yankees do it too.
Brock Holt displayed a level head with his post game interview. You guys should try taking a page out of his book.
Hey Vinny. You need a haircut. Enjoy your Boston humor as you watch Price flounder on the DL for a few months. Eventually Trader Dave will have to bite the bullet for the worst contract in MLB history and force TI surgery which will cost your team all of ‘18 and ‘19.
Man I hope Clifford Harris, aka TI doesn’t perform the surgery. Price contract might not even be top ten in worst MLB contracts.
Heyward, Homer Bailey, Andrus, Sandoval, Ellsbury, Chris Davis…
Lol dude go back and watch, Kelly missed and punched the ground
His hand was trying to tell him the Yankees own him.
Sensation in your hand is a hell of a lot better than the alternative.
As a Twins fan I really don’t want to rush Ervin, if we have to roll a 4 man roto until May, I’m fine with it as long as it’s, Berrios, Gibson, Odorizzi, and Lynn.
The writer of this is either clueless or ignorant to what it means to have “depth” Writing angels need to be on the look out for additional pitching implies the angels have lost and depleted there already wealth of arms. Last time I checked you only need 5-6 arms angels had 7-9 depending on what you view as a rotational piece. (That’s not including barria) Injuries happen, Angels are just fine sitting in 1st.
I think Steve got it right. He didn’t say the Angels were utterly depleted, nor that they would *have to* immediately go out and look for another arm immediately. Just that they might “keep an eye out” on the market for starters.
Surely Eppler is talking to other GMs and telling them to at least give him a call if they decide to move an arm. Eppler would be a fool to not at least kick the tires a bit on any arms that might become available this early.
To be fair, all of the reporting on this site and every comment about the Angels has been that they don’t have any pitching depth, when they had 9 guys. Sure, they might have to check on prices for pitchers just to see what they might get, but it’s certainly not necessary yet.
To be fair, the Angels expected to have a 6 man rotation but as things stand today, 3 of the 6 are on the DL (with Heaney hopefully ready to go)
Otherwise there are merely 2 desirable options in AAA; Tropeano (who missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John) and Bridwell (who I imagine no one really trusts despite last year’s fluke results)
That they were forced to use Barria, a guy who strated last season in A+, kind of shows how shallow the depth actually is at this point – and thats before even bringing up how fragile the few currently healthy guys are
Ohtani Richards Skaggs Heaney and bridwell/barria? Is that a rotation you feel good about? The angels could use another starter. Another TOR arm would change the angels from a good playoff team to a legitimate contender. They also don’t have any idea what Andrew Heaney is going to give them. He’s a complete wildcard right now.
And Tropeano. So far, Richards and Skaggs have been pitching like top of the rotation starters, even while still settling into their arm slot (which most starters go through the first month or so of the season). Heaney still has a very high ceiling, and Barra looked really good in his start. If they get someone, it would have to be TOR talent to really make sense.
Assuming Heaney is even ready to go, the current 4-man made just a combined 27 ML starts last year (16 of which were from Skaggs) and only 44 from 2016-17 (again, Skaggs getting most of those with 26)
Of the 3 main options at AAA, 2 didn’t pitch a single ML game last season (Barria starred 2017 in A+, Tropeano was still recovering from his 2016 Tommy John surgery) and then the undesirable Bridwell.
That’s 5 of the currently 7 healthy guys (again, assuming Heaney is) with fewer than 7 ML starts in 2017, and one of the 2 to top it, Skaggs, hardly being a picture of health himself over his career
Additional depth would be very beneficial as its unknown how this group will be able to hold up at all
It never hurts to have some extra depth, just in case. Many of their starters have extensive injury history, or coming off of season where they missed a lot of time with injuries.
Did Davey get a little booboo let Dustin blow on it and make it all better…
If Holt didn’t want to get spiked he should have learned how to play second base properly like a big boy. A bad slide by a Yankee scrub, and you’re going to start a whole thing over it?
For me, as a Yankee fan, this was exciting because it put the Sox right back to where I like them: acting like spoiled whiny crybabies, with Holt admitting to jawing at Austin and escalating the situation (“I said some things I shouldn’t have”), with Kelly throwing at a player like a bush leaguer, and antagonizing him to come to the mound (“come on!”).
Again, Austin is a scrub, who was going to be demoted in the summer anyway. This reminds me so much of Pedro and Garcia.
Was funny seeing the little boys on the Sox act all tough and get pushed back to the dugout by one man. Seeing Kelly get put in a headlock by Judge and dragged away like a toddler was a moment that, hopefully, will get the Yankees off on a run. Hopefully last night was a sign that the middle of the order is heating up, as Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez went a collective 8-for-14 with 2HR and 7RB.
But the big takeaway is that the Red Sox are mentally back on the little league field. Sad day for a great team from a great city.
Unlike your Nintendo game the season is 162 games long. It’s time for your glass of milk before bedtime.
What do those two numbers mean? Perhaps you meant you have 14 toes and 1 testicle?
I hate to say it but the Yankee fans are right about Boston taking everything personally. Redsox players are crybabies and complain about everything.
Like Dero just said on MLB central,they never let the Machado thing go last year…
I hope it’s just their relievers that are morons and they don’t actually talk about plunking guys like this
Even Holt was quoted after the game saying that the slide wasn’t even a big deal. So it would seem this was Kelly taking matters into his own hands, decided he wanted to be a big macho tough guy and throw a baseball 98MPH at a guy who even his own teammates weren’t that upset by.
What a maroon. Judge should have lifted his head off his shoulders.
Brock Holt: “As soon as I saw Judge and Stanton coming, I started backing up. I grabbed Ronald Torreyes.’’
Lotta class right there. Sorry, what I mean is, what a p–y. Typical for a Red Sox player.