Jason Heyward continues to defy superlatives.
In the first inning of this afternoon’s game against the Tigers, Heyward battled Max Scherzer from 0-2 to a full count only to launch an epic two-run blast. How mammoth was it, you ask? The ball hit the metal roof that covers the batting cages beyond the right field wall in Lakeland. So I’m guessing somewhere around 600 feet. You know, conservative estimate.
Here’s Tim Hudson, as quoted by David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“He goes and puts one in the trees out there. I mean, it just adds to the legend.”
Heyward finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk. He’s a cool 5-for-12 (.417) with five walks in his first 18 plate appearances. Getting excited about small samples sizes would be silly, but including a hit-by-pitch (thanks KLB!) that’s a .611 on-base percentage, folks! I suppose I’m going to have to get used to the Mets pitching around him for about the next 15 years.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: