Astros manager Dusty Baker told reporters including the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome that ace Justin Verlander is “not progressing as quickly as he’d like” in his recovery from a forearm strain. Of course, Verlander holds himself to extremely lofty standards, so that could mean any number of things. Verlander went to the injured list on July 27th after just one six-inning start. The Astros are as eager as Verlander to have their ace return – they’re in the middle of the pack, record-wise, and awaiting the return of a number of key players, including Yordan Alvarez and Jose Urquidy. In the meantime, they recently shuffled their rotation in the hopes of providing a spark from a new line of starters.
- Corey Seager had a back scan last night, but the results showed nothing to be concerned about, per MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. The discomfort Seager has been feeling is not related to the back injury that he suffered during the 2017 playoffs, adds J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. That’s very encouraging news for the Dodgers. Seager has started hot this season (.340/.389/.600) after a so-so season in 2019 dimmed his star (to some) just a bit. He’s day-to-day for now, with Chris Taylor captaining the infield in his stead.
- Mike Soroka’s surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon yesterday was successful, the team announced. The first step in a long recovery process is now in the books for the Braves’ ace. There’s no sugarcoating the severity of Soroka’s injury, though a number of people have made a point to say that Soroka has the temperament and work ethic to weather this storm and return to acedom. With a bevy of young pitching candidates in a much-hyped system, Soroka has stood out among the field, quickly becoming the ace of this Braves contender. In 29 starts last year, he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA/3.45 FIP, finishing 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting and 6th for Cy Young.
Get well soon Soroka!
Get better again soon Acuna!
So you admit he’s been good before? I swear if I lived in a cave but I had access to MLBTR I would still know when the Braves are doing well and when they aren’t based when you decide to poke your head up.
So now that Bumgarner is floundering and showing that maybe he’s on the decline (with the small sample size caveat), you’ve chosen to go after Acuna. Classy.
Comments are closed in the Cards/Pirates series thread, but I’d like to wish Phillip Evans a speedy recovery. The guy has been amazing in his short time as a Bucco. and his collision with Polanco was sickening to watch.
I was really angry with the Pirates’ FO for blatantly tanking from the start of this season because I thought every team in MLB had a chance at the playoffs. Now I see it as a masterstroke, as the Buccos will likely have the worst record (and number one pick) in a meaningless, abandoned season.
Dang, Polanco is stepping up his game. It’s no longer good enough for him to be constantly hurt, now he’s going after his teammates.
Polanco was the experienced player doing the correct thing in this mash up. Really unfortunate that Evans got hurt as part of the Pirates merry-go-round of players randomly out of position in 2020.
2021 Draft Order is the same as 2020.
No benefit for tanking in short season.
“I will never be ok with any physical issues human clown shoes like Jake make.”
That comment made no sense whatsoever.
On that note, F every one of the Trashtros and the garbage truck they rode in on. They’re cheating turds and karma is a BIOTCH.
I’m no Braves fan but I still feel so bad for Soroka… Like that’s just such a bad break for such a promising young pitcher. At least (if there’s any silver lining with an injury like this) it’s not an arm injury… so while the road to recovery may be a long one — hopefully that is an Achilles injury and not a shoulder or elbow at least means that once he does get back to health… he will hopefully be able to return to the Pitcher he’s been.
Good news on Seager! He was looking good in the small sample size so far.
I hope he recovers. Achilles injuries are one of my most different to comeback from. I think Mark Prior torn an Achilles heel. He was great before and never the same again.
Especially is its his plant leg. Hope he recovers soon. Comes back healthier than ever