Victory has never hurt so bad: Orlando Hudson hurt on game-ending catch

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Denard Span catch.jpgKendry 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.

Report: Dodgers sign Tom Koehler to one-year deal

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The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Tom Koehler, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, which is currently pending a physical.

Following a mostly-productive five-year run with the Marlins, the 31-year-old flamed out in 12 starts for Miami in 2017, eventually coming over to the Blue Jays in a midseason trade for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez. He made a successful transition to the bullpen and finished the season on a high note, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 in 17 innings.

Koehler was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month and had attracted a fair amount of interest around the league prior to his signing. He’s expected to reprise his role as a middle reliever in Los Angeles, though Cotillo speculates that he could also bring some depth and balance to the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy rotation.