There’s already been one move made this morning, but here are three things well be keeping an eye on around the baseball world throughout the day today:
1. Syndergaard to be re-evaluated:
Dodgers right-hander Noah Syndergaard left yesterday’s start against the Brewers after just one inning with a cut on his finger. After the game, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register) that it’s possible Syndergaard would need a trip to the 15-day injured list, but that they want to give the veteran righty and the club’s training staff more time to evaluate the situation before make a decision.
It’s been a difficult season for Syndergaard so far, as the 30-year-old has posted a 6.12 ERA, 27% below league average by measure of ERA+, with a 4.77 FIP in 32 1/3 innings of work. The peripherals are hardly encouraging, either, as Syndergaard is posting the lowest strikeout and ground-ball rates of his career, along with the highest barrel rate of his career. An IL stint for Syndergaard would likely open the door to Gavin Stone returning to the majors for additional starts after he made his major league debut last week.
2. Kyle Farmer set to return:
After a rash of early season injuries to their position player corps, the Twins are approaching a return to full strength. First baseman Alex Kirilloff and second baseman Jorge Polanco both began the season on the injured list but have since slid into their expected roles since then, and now utility infielder Kyle Farmer, who has missed the past month of action after being struck in the jaw by a pitch, is on the verge of a return as well. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli tells reporters (including Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic) that Farmer could return to action as soon as today. Willi Castro, who signed with the Twins on a minor league deal this past offseason, has taken up Farmer’s utility role while the 32-year-old veteran has been away from the team, slashing .190/.306/.310 (80 wRC+) in 49 plate appearances.
3. MLBTR Chat Today:
Yesterday, MLBTR’s Steve Adams fielded questions during yesterday’s live chat, the transcript of which can be found here. If you still have unanswered questions about the beginnings of the 2023 season, you’re in luck, as MLBTR’s Anthony Franco will be hosting a live chat of his own today at 5pm CT. You can submit a question in advance here, and you can use the same link to check back in this evening and participate live once the chat begins.
Cut finger and you need to go on the IL? I’ve cut my finger and use superglue to seal it up so it can heal. Heals in a few days and I’m back to business.
Pitchers nowadays are so weak.
I don’t think it’s the players making the call to go to the IL so much as the team’s decision. Usually the staff will say “we want you at 100%” and take the overly cautious approach.
Dunno if you are old enough to remember this…
Charlie Finley tried to put Mike Andrews on the DL (that’s what it was called) so he could use Manny Trillo in the World Series. I think it was 1973. Andrews (who wasn’t hurt) and his teammates called the BS flag. Big bruh-hah. The late Vida Blue couldn’t stand Finley, and neither could lots of his teammates. Stuff like this was why.
A “brah-hah” — is what you do when a friend tells a good joke?
Then a bruh-hah is when you laugh because you’ve had a beer?
Lol, do you understand the difference between a fastball and curveball is mostly the friction the bottom and inside of your fingers apply to the ball? It would be like a high jumper being weak because a “tiny lil baby toe injury.”
Superglue on youre pitching hand?
Phil Cuzzi would eject you. And you’d be suspended. Hah!
Phil Cuzzi should be on the Sopranos.
“I’ve got BLISTAHS on my FINGAHS!”
The difference here is that Syndergaard needs his hand to pitch and play baseball while you only need your hands for clicking the remote control and some other things best not mentioned on this site.
‘Other things’, eh? Heh heh heh.
Better watch that super glue. Could be embarrassing, eh boss?
“Hey MA! I’m STUCK!”
Congrats Old York………… You are now in the running for the most “dead from the neck up” comment of the week. Kudos!!!
You should see the cut. It looks like half his pointer finger was torn off
What the hey?
Someone put razor blades in the rosin bag?
Is there a picture of it?
there indeed is, its pretty gross
I had half of my pointer finger torn off. I used super glue to seal it up and was back in a few days
What’s your point?
The finger was bleeding profusely from a deep wound. It actually started before the game. Trainers skin-glued it and the patch held through the warmups but it gave out in the first inning. The umpires were not about to let him keep throwing pitches with blood on the ball even if he was able to continue.
Yeah I’m sure it’s the same having a cut finger working at BK versus throwing sliders at the big league level.
Throwing sliders as opposed to cooking them?
And he had a built in spit
(blood) ball he could have used for awhile! Sometimes you’ve got to think outside of the
Castro DFAd for Farmer or do they give Miranda a little reset opportunity in AAA?
“But I feel fine…” opines Thor.
Dave Roberts wings a boxcutter at Noah’s pitching hand.
“Oww! OWW! GEEZ! What’s the matter with you?”
“How’s it feel now?” retorts Roberts.
I picture Thor strapped into one of those giant spinning circus contraptions with Doc hurling axes or throwing knives at him!
In all seriousness, Jess Haines was pulled from the 1926 World Series because he’d popped a blister on his pitching hand. He was relieved by Grover Alexander, who led the Cardinals to their first WS win over the Yankees.
On the other hand, Mordecai ‘Three-Finger’ Brown had a HOF career pitching with a mangled (but healed) hand.
I remember watching a Dbacks/Mets game, and Bob Brenly was making fun of Thor’s hair as he batted. Thor then hit a ball about 430 feet into the RCF stands for a long home run.
Bob Brenly is an ass
He can be, yes indeed.
I listen to AZ games on radio these days.
One of their announcers is Joe Garagiola’s GRANDson, Chris.
Geez, I’m old!
Wont really matter, Syndergaard is going to get DFAed at some point! Everyone thought Mark Pryor and his magic mojo could fix Thor without the hammer, WRONG!
Not everyone, Terry.
Not everyone thought Pryor could fix Thor.
But YOU did! I have the whole transcript of that convo, right here.
You save conversations that happen here? Odd
My parabolic antennae pick up everything, sport. Even.
I’m sorry, sir, could you lean forward and repeat that, sir?
Not likely. The Dodgers depth isn’t anywhere close to what it was and Kershaw hasn’t had his annual IL stint, neither has May for that matter.
Why would May land on the IL this season? Are you predicting he’ll need another TJ?
Dodgers have tons of pitching depth. Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone at AAA, Grove and Pepiot will be back eventually too. They’re in a much better position then the rsox who have aging injury prone pitchers like Paxton and Sale and not much in SP on the farm. It’s funny a red sox fan would make your comments when your own team fits your description even more.
Syndergaard needs to find some velocity or his career is over at age 30. There’s nothing to figure out other than the mechanics costing him 7mph.
Apparently there is more to figure out. Just before this finger injury he was being treated by a hypnotist. True story.