Kendry Morales hurt himself after a walkoff homer on Saturday. Another bittersweet game-ending play occurred last night as Denard Span’s awesome game-ending catch in last night’s Rangers-Twins tilt resulted in Orlando Hudson writhing on the ground.
The game’s final out occurred on a pop fly that was heading towards no-man’s land between second base and centerfield. Span turned on the afterburners to charge the ball, calling off Orlando Hudson, who was racing back for it himself. Hudson couldn’t see Span waving him off because Hudson was looking back over his shoulder while running for the ball. I’m assuming the crowd noise drowned out the yo la tengo.
The result: Span’s left leg clipped Hudson’s right, sending both of them flying. Span caught the ball and came up holding his manly bits, but generally no worse for wear. Hudson stayed on the ground writing, having apparently hurt his hand. Check it out here. Hudson had X-rays after the game, but the results won’t be known until today.
The Morales injury has managers reconsidering post-victory celebrations today. No word on whether the Hudson injury will have managers re-thinking game-winning catches.
The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.
Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.
Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.
Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).
Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.