Starling Marte will undergo further tests on Monday after being hit in the head by an Elvin Rodriguez pitch in today’s game. Marte was able to walk off the field by himself and initial concussion tests were negative, yet the Mets will naturally be very careful in monitoring any sort of head-related injury.
It was only Marte’s second game of Spring Training, as he didn’t take the field until last Friday due to the Mets’ desire to slowly bring Marte back up to speed following groin surgery in November. The club expected the outfielder to be ready for Opening Day, and that should still be the case, if Marte has indeed escaped injury after today’s scary incident.
More injury updates from around baseball…
- Ronald Guzman left today’s Cactus League game in obvious pain after throwing a pitch, and Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters (including Evan Webeck of the Bay Area News Group) that Guzman was undergoing tests for discomfort in his forearm. It’s an ominous turn of events for Guzman, who has been one of Spring Training’s more interesting stories as he pursues a new chapter in his career as a two-way player. The former Rangers/Yankees first baseman inked a minor league deal with the Giants, in large part because San Francisco was the only team willing to give Guzman a chance to pitch.
- Knee inflammation kept Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from participating in the World Baseball Classic, and the Blue Jays slugger hasn’t played in any spring games since last Friday. However, Guerrero has been facing live pitching and taking part in fielding drills, and manager John Schneider told reporters (including MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson) that Guerrero reported no issues after running the bases. If all goes well after another base-running session tomorrow, the Jays will have a better idea of when Guerrero can get back to game action. With over two weeks to go until Opening Day, it doesn’t yet appear as though Guerrero is in danger of missing any of the regular season, but more will be known once the first baseman is fully ramped up.
- Orioles outfielder/first baseman Ryan O’Hearn is day to day with a sore knee. The injury is a minor setback in what has been a red-hot Spring Training for O’Hearn, as he tries to win a job on Baltimore’s bench. In other Orioles news, manager Brandon Hyde told MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski and other media that DL Hall threw “extremely well” during a live batting practice session, and is slated for another live BP on Tuesday. Hall’s progress in camp has been slowed by lower-back problems and he has yet to pitch in a game, so the southpaw’s only chance of making the Opening Day roster is as a reliever.
You said it! Wow indeed! Almost wowzer, but not quite!
The guy at my local Dunkin Donuts doesn’t understand my order unless I repeat it twice.
Son worked there, they pay 9 an hour. But keep the TV commercials going and sell creamer at Walmart. Way of the world. Let’s just go to robots then.
Thats nice. Guzman’s been a Pitcher for 5 minutes and already needs Tommy John surgery
Dunno about needing the TJ, but looks like the 2 way experiment for him may be short lived.
Looked bad. Lots of “ouch” for the poor guy.
Stripling looked good today though. Not much hard contact and good control.
I think the starters are promising so far.
Wood, Stripling, Joc… Wannabe Dodgers.
Agreed. SP is looking good. I’ve got high hopes for Cobb this year. Let’s hope the injuries stay minor, or happen to non roster guys. Fingers crossed.
I think the Dodgers would be happy to have those three back (in isolation, their thrifty offseason wouldn’t call for the tens of millions each player signed for). They could use some help with depth this year
Duck the Fodgers !
Elvin Rodriguez should be immediately be suspended for a period of time equal to the time in which Starling Marte is out and/or unable to perform in a “normal” (for him) manner.
If Marte hits a line drive off the pitcher, should he be suspended until the pitcher is back to normal? Unless you think it was intentional, both batter and pitcher understand the risks.
Jacksson idiotically suggests anytime a batter is injured in any way by a HBP. He’s not worth the time of day, he adds nothing intelligent to the forums.
No need for insults GareBear. I am expressing my opinion. By doing so I am hoping to awaken the masses to the reality that the “just part of the game” mentality is antiquated idiocy. One team loses a player to injury. The other team (and player) suffers nothing more than offering a, “Sorry”
Tell me again how hitters control the trajectory of batted balls to the extent that pitchers control the location of their pitches.
The whole proportional suspension isn’t a good idea, but mandatory escalating suspensions for hitting batters in the head should be a thing. It is in NPB.
Why not here?
The PROFESSIONAL MLB Pitcher Is in CONTROL of the pitched ball. The batter has no real control over the batted ball. This rational of mine is unrelated to thrown balls that are intentionally thrown at a batter. Although the same reasoning would apply relative to the injury to the batter in addition to League Suspension for the intentional throw.
This one belongs to the Reds
Marte getting hit in the head is no laughing matter. I know Pirates fans who would say it may knock some sense into him but those things are scary.
Hope he is ok.
Not sure what Pirates fan would say such a thing. The guy came from tough circumstances and has persevered through tragedy. He always played hard but boy, he sure gets hit a lot. Hope he’s ok
What about Justin Turner? I haven’t heard anything about him since he got hit by a pitch in the face. I didn’t see the Marte incident, but the Turner hbp was nasty.
Earlier today: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/03/al-notes-astros-rizzo-turner.html
Giants injury bug of 2022 seems to continue
Guzman seemed like a long shot anyway. Feel bad for him.