Showing that Jason Heyward isn’t the only player who can destroy property with his hits during spring training, Hideki Matsui somehow managed to smash the windshield of Angels owner Arte Moreno’s car with a foul ball yesterday.
Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register has the details:
Matsui hit a long foul ball down the right-field line that curled far from the field, bounced on the clubhouse roof, and dropped onto the windshield of owner Arte Moreno’s car, leaving a spiderweb of cracks on the passenger’s side of the owner’s Mercedes CL600 V2.
Torii Hunter made a joke about the cost coming out of Matsui’s first check and then pointed out the damage to Howie Kendrick, who had this brilliant response that brought back memories of elementary school trouble-making: “Awwww … Matsui’s in troub-le!”
“Triple-A is fine,” Matsui said. “As long as I don’t get fired.”
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.