The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

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The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as well as one could hope at a Fort Worth hospital.  He tells his story in the DMN article, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a foul ball came his way, he went for it, lost his balance and down he went.  He remembers going over the edge but doesn’t remember the impact or anything after that.  The brain — and its ability to preserve itself and its owner’s sanity — is a wonderful thing sometimes.

Much of the article is devoted to wondering whether the rails around the upper deck at the Ballpark at Arlington are high enough.  I guess this kind of talk is to be expected anytime something like this occurs.

Personally, I think that this is one of those situations where a little more personal responsibility is probably sufficient to handle the situation.  This strikes me as a different deal than netting to protect people from foul balls.  In that situation, fans can be hurt merely if they take their eyes off the field for a few moments.  With the railing thing, it takes a bit more in terms of active, reckless agency for someone to get into trouble. No one forces you to leap or even lean for a foul ball, after all.

Ultimately, this is one of those freakish things that you hope never happens but, inevitably, does.

Masahiro Tanaka throws a Maddux

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You do know what a Maddux is, right? In case you forgot, it’s a complete game shutout in which the starter throws fewer than 100 pitches. Friend of HBT Jason Lukehart invented that little metric and, because Greg Maddux is my favorite player ever, it’s pretty much my favorite stat ever.

In the Yankees-Red Sox game tonight it was Masahiro Tanaka doing the honors, tossing 97-pitch three-hitter in which he only allowed one runner to reach second base to beat Boston 3-0. He only struck out three but he didn’t walk anyone. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.

Chris Sale was no slouch himself, striking out ten in eight innings. He’s pitched great this year but he’s not getting any help. The Sox have only scored four runs in his five starts. Boston has scored only 13 runs in their last seven games. They’ve been shut out three times in the past seven. They scored more runs than anyone last year, by the way.

The game only took two hours and twenty-one minutes. Or, like, half the time of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the early 2000s. Progress, people. We’re making progress.

Shelby Miller has a tear in his UCL, considering Tommy John surgery

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery. Surgery would end Miller’s 2017 season and would cut into a significant portion — if not all — of his 2018 season as well.

Miller sent his MRI results to Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. James Andrews for second and third opinions, respectively. He could choose to rehab his elbow rather than undergo surgery, but that comes with its own set of positives and negatives.

Miller lasted only four-plus innings in his most recent start on Sunday and carries a 4.09 ERA on the season, his second with the Diamondbacks. His time in Arizona has not gone well.