Carlos Delgado was just starting to rehab with a chance of coming back in August, but that’s all on hold now as an oblique strain — as in, he strained his oblique, not that his strain was non-perpendicular in some way — has likely ended his season:
Oblique strains are potentially debilitating abdominal injuries that
have kept players younger than Delgado, 37, off the field for far
longer than two weeks. But Ricco said Delgado’s injury was not severe.
“I talked to the doctor about that,” Ricco said. “I asked about the
possibility of him being back in a couple weeks and resuming baseball
activities, and he said that was definitely a possibility. … Now how
his body responds, we’ll see.”
Is there a single thing about the health history of a 37 year-old player, or anything else about the 2009 Mets, really, that makes such optimism reasonable? Delgado is almost certainly done for the year.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.