Aaron Rowand sustained two small fractures in his cheekbone and a mild concussion after being hit in the helmet by Vicente Padilla during the fifth inning of Friday’s game against the Dodgers.
Padilla’s history as a headhunter is well-documented, of course, but he denied that he threw at Rowand intentionally, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
“I threw inside and the pitch ran in on him. He
was right on the plate…”
“With that kind of lead, there was no reason for
me to start a conflict.“
For what it’s worth, Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn’t believe Padilla was in a situation where he would hit a batter intentionally, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“In that situation, he’s in a jam,” Bochy said. “You’re always going to
wonder what the intent was. Certainly in that situation, that’s not when
a pitcher is going to hit somebody.”
Bochy said that he was unsure whether Rowand would require a stint on the disabled list, though it’s pretty hard to believe he’ll be able avoid it.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins are expected to trade shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in the next few days.
Hechavarria, 28, is currently on a rehab assignment for a strained left oblique. It’s the second time this season he’s hit the sidelines with an oblique injury. Hechavarria is also hitting a disappointing .277/.288/.385 over 67 plate appearances, which is marginally better than his career averages.
While the Marlins are shopping Hechavarria at depressed value, there are two factors that give him value: he still plays good defense, and he’s under team control through the 2018 season. Passan does estimate that Hechavarria will see a pay raise from $4.3 million this season to $6-7 million next season in his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
Passan adds that while the Marlins aren’t yet willing to shop outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, relievers A.J. Ramos, David Phelps, and Kyle Barraclough are being made available.
George Springer has been a dynamo out of the leadoff spot for the high-powered Astros this year, hitting 21 homers and driving in 46. He also leads the league in leadoff homers. Today, however, his leadoff appearance was short and ignominious.
Facing Jesse Hahn and the A’s in the Oakland Coliseum for a matinee, Springer was hit in the left hand on the game’s fifth pitch. Watch:
He went down to the dirt and was attended to by trainers before leaving the game. On the way off the field he threw his helmet in disgust. Oftentimes that sort of frustration comes from a player who knows he’s injured. How serious an injury is unknown at the moment. We’ll keep you posted.
Jake Marisnick pinch ran for Springer and came around to score. The Astros lead the A’s 2-0.