Derek Holland diagnosed with strained shoulder

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Derek Holland’s fastball is typically 92-93 miles per hour, but he was throwing just 86-88 mph in the first inning of Sunday night’s start against the Twins. His velocity eventually rose to 90-91 mph, but after several mound visits from the manager, pitching coach, and trainer the Rangers pulled the 23-year-old southpaw from the game in the second inning.
Holland met with doctors yesterday and has been diagnosed with “mild left rotator cuff inflammation” in his shoulder, with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reporting that he’ll be placed on the disabled list today. According to Grant he’ll be shut down for at least 3-5 days before hopefully resuming a throwing program, but there’s no timetable for his return to the rotation.
Holland is among the most promising young left-handers in baseball and went 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 15/3 K/BB ratio in his first three starts after being called up from Triple-A last month. He was used as a reliever last Wednesday and was “off” from the first pitch against Minnesota. Tommy Hunter has been rehabbing an oblique injury of his own at Triple-A and is the favorite to replace Holland in the rotation.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: