Rays outfielder Carl Crawford picked up his 400th career stolen base on Saturday in the Rays’ 5-4 loss to the Yankees. He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now batting .307 on the season with an .855 OPS, 12 homers, 56 RBI and 38 total successful swipes.
Crawford is just the seventh player in the modern era to reach 400 stolen bases, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin, and he’s quickly climbing up the all-time list. Here is a snapshot of where he stands:
1. Rickey Henderson 1,406
2. Lou Brock 938
10. Honus Wagner 723
15. Kenny Lofton 622
36. Paul Molitor 504
51. Steve Sax 444
64. Chuck Knoblauch 407
65. Donie Bush 406
66. Frank Chance 403
67. Carl Crawford 400
Henderson’s record is basically untouchable, but the 28-year-old Crawford could certainly be a Top 10 or Top 15 steals man before his career is through. Of course, that is assuming he stays healthy.
Starter Gerrit Cole has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation of his right elbow, the Pirates announced. Pitcher Steven Brault has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis for Monday night’s start against the Cubs.
Cole was scratched from Monday’s start on Sunday and instead traveled to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The right-hander previously underwent an MRI which ruled out structural damage.
Cole hits the shelf with a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 114 innings. The Pirates entered play Monday a half game out of the second National League Wild Card slot, so losing him for at least two more weeks will sting.
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.